Crimson Wing (1915)

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Running three reels, Essanay's The Crimson Wing was given a timely veneer by being set during WWI. The hero is a young soldier who is in love with two girls simultaneously. While on the battlefield, the soldier learns that one of his sweethearts has committed suicide. Only temporarily taken aback, he begins to dream of the blissful domesticity which he will enjoy with the other girl upon his return. On this ambivalent note, the picture suddenly comes to an end. Audiences conditioned to expect an exciting war epic could hardly have been satisfied with this vague and meandering domestic drama.