Evangeline (1919)

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According to her autobiography, Dark Lady of the Silents, film star Miriam Cooper brought the idea of filming Longfellow's poem to her then-husband, director Raoul Walsh. She also claims that she originally had little desire to play the title character -- but of course, she wound up in the lead anyhow. The picture itself begins with a quarrel between two lovers. To bring them to their senses, the girl's father reads them the poem Evangeline... On their wedding day, a pair of Acadian lovers (Cooper and Albert Roscoe) are separated when English soldiers interrupt the proceedings. The couple don't reunite until old age. Perhaps Cooper wasn't being coy when she said she wasn't interested in the role of Evangeline -- even though the film was quite successful, the long-suffering character doesn't have much dramatic bite.