Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This 1917 filmization of Dickens' Great Expectations manages to pack quite a lot of the complex storyline into a brisk five reels (approximately 60 minutes' running time!) Jack Pickford, Mary's popular actor brother, stars as Pip, the humbled rural youth whose entree into proper society is financed by a mysterious benefactor. Louise Huff co-stars as the bewitching Estella, while Frank Losee plays the brutish convict Magwitch, and Grace Barton is seen as the addled Miss Havisham. So why were two directors credited on Great Expectations? Well, it seems that the film's original director, Robert G. Vignola, fell ill a few days before shooting wrapped, compelling Joseph Kaufman to finish the job.