The Vicar of Wakefield (1913)

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The complex story of a village minister fighting desperately to support his large family, The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith remains a mainstay in British literature. The American Thanhouser company filmed the story in a one-reel version in 1910 starring Marty Faust in the title-role. Three years later came this British rendition featuring two of England's few genuine homegrown movie idols, Violet Hopson and Chrissie White. Warwick Buckland played the vicar and the 2-reeler was directed by Frank Wilson. Two additional British versions followed (one also in 1913) but it was again the Thanhouser company of New Rochelle, New York, who was to produce perhaps the definitive version, an 8-reel extravaganza in 1917 starring British stage actor Frederick Warde. Both Thanhouser versions are known to have survived.