Left of all the footage on Wed ding March are 10 reels, with the finish where intermission would have been had the picture come in for $2 with the rest of it. Also remaining is a ponderous slow moving production and some beautiful photography telling a very familiar story, the tip off on which is the lead title, ‘Vienna 1914’. It’s fair but hardly brilliant program material which the boys salvaged from a regiment of reels.
Scissors to the right and left, leaving most of the picture still in cans, cut the story to the well-known blue-blooded Austrian army officer having his fling with the country maiden and then wedding a limping heiress as the seduced rural miss promises marriage to pacify the brow-beating butcher who has threatened the life of the hit-and-run lieutenant.
Fay Wray appeals and convinces as the shy, pretty-faced and innocent victim, while Stroheim’s scoundrel is interesting, despite the half-hearted attempt to soften the character. George Fawcett and George Nichols make conventional fathers. Maude George will startle the peasants with her cigar-smoking mother of Nicki. ZaSu Pitts is the crippled princess, giving the role legitimate interpretation.
Getting Wed ding March to a screen took something like two years and over $1 million. Main defect is that deletion has not added pace. Synchronized score is excellent and shows judgment in the use of minor effects.