Alone in New York (1914)

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Audiences in 1915 has gained enough sophistication to laugh and jeer at the melodramatic excesses in the Mittenthal production Alone in New York. The story, hard to follow to begin with, becomes even more so as the uncredited director hopscotches between a New York police station and the lair of a gang of crooks. Somewhere in the middle of all this is the woebegone heroine, left stranded in New York by the rapacious villain. Alone in New York ran 5 reels, which when projected at the standard sixteen frames per minute was equivalent to 60 or 65 minutes' screen time. Evidently, the projectionist at the New York theater where the film premiered was as unimpressed by the picture as the audience; for its debut showing, the film zipped along at 35 minutes, clearing the house as quickly as humanly possible.