House Built upon Sand (1917)

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Although D.W. Griffith played up Lillian Gish's frail, homespun girlishness, she could effectively play against type, as she did in this lighthearted comedy-drama. Her character, Evelyn Dare, is a shallow society girl who becomes engaged to David Westbrooke (Roy Stuart). In spite of his wealth, David has a job and is a liberal-minded soul when it comes to labor. Instead of the fancy wedding Evelyn wants, David insists on a civil ceremony and then whisks her away to the unglamorous town where he's managing a factory under an assumed name. Evelyn is disgusted by this turn of events at first, but gradually she warms up to her husband and the factory workers, and is brought down to earth. The producers apparently thought this storyline wasn't exciting enough because they tagged on a house fire in the last reel, and a gratuitous conflict between husband and wife to be resolved by the end. None of this was necessary, as Gish's performance was enough to carry this otherwise simple film.