Starring Blanche Sweet
January, 1924

The notable feature of this faithful and effective transfer to the screen of Eugene O'Neill's play is the remarkable acting of Blanche Sweet in the title role. Those who wanted Pauline Lord, the stage star, to play the role, may be consoled. Miss Sweet does the finest work of her career and leaves nothing to be desired. It isn't a pleasant story, but it holds the attention, and the direction of John Griffith Wray is notable for its directness and simplicity. There is no lost motion. Everything counts. Second only to the acting of Miss Sweet as the unfortunate Anna, is that of George Marion as her father, Chris, all of whose troubles are due to "that devil sea." Mr. Marion repeats the masterly performance he gave on the stage. While it may not be a picture for the children, no adults should miss it.

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