The Little Minister (1913)

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Previously filmed in the U.S. in 1913, James M. Barrie's The Little Minister was again committed to celluloid two years later by the British Neptune company. A whimsical study of rural Scotland in the early 19th century, the story focuses on the romance between a young minister and a fiery gypsy girl. The heroine was played by Joan Ritz, who, according to some critics, failed to come up to the standard set by Maude Adams, who originated the role on stage (Adams was also the star of another Barrie play, Peter Pan). Conversely, those same critics applauded the film for taking full cinematic advantage of certain dramatic highlights which were only hinted at in the stage version. The Little Minister would be filmed again in 1921, 1922 and 1934, with Katharine Hepburn starring in the 1934 adaptation.