Leah the Forsaken (1908)

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In the tradition of Vitagraph's best pre-1910 films, Leah, the Forsaken was excellently acted by its uncredited cast. The heroine, Leah, is the sweetheart of a young Jewish storekeeper. When the hero unexpectedly strikes it rich, he forgets all about his beloved Leah, who literally dies of a broken heart. The Variety reviewer was so impressed by the performance of the actress playing Leah that he stated that the film seemed positively empty whenever she disappeared from the screen. Less impressive was the actor playing Leah's faithless beau, whom the reviewer described as "asinine."



death, greed, money, storekeeper, sweetheart, wealth