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~Scarlet Days~
~A95-34: Ralph Graves & Carol Dempster~
~A95-45: Richard Barthelmess, Eugenie Besserer & Carol
~A95-46: Eugenie Besserer & Ralph Graves~
~A95-51: Ralph Graves, Adolph Lestina & Carol Dempster~
~A95-54: Kate Bruce & Carol Dempster~
~A95-110: Carol Dempster, Richard Barthelmess, Ralph
Graves & Adolph Lestina~
~A95-125: Ralph Graves, Walter Long & Carol Dempster~
~A95-?: Ralph Graves, Adolph Lestina, Richard Barthelmess
& Carol Dempster~
~Plot Synopsis~
This D.W. Griffith picture has the distinction of being, arguably, the worst film that the director
ever made. For starters, it's a western -- not one of Griffith's best subjects. And most of the
characters are two-dimensional clichés. In the days of '49, Rosie Nell (Eugenie Besserer), a dance
hall girl, saves gold from her prospecting customers to enable her to join her daughter (Carol
Dempster) in Boston. After another dance hall girl, trying to rob Nell, dies of a heart attack, Nell's
hanging is stopped when word comes that her daughter, Lady Fair, has arrived. The Mexican bandit
Alvarez (Richard Barthelmess) and John Randolph (Ralph Graves), a Virginian miner, both
attracted to Lady Fair, persuade the sheriff (George Fawcett) to allow Nell three days with her,
which are the happiest of Nell's life, although the daughter is nearly driven insane when she learns
the source of her boarding school funding. When King Bagley (Walter Long), the dance hall
proprietor, decides to make Lady Fair his star attraction, Alvarez and Randolph protect the women
in Randolph's cabin, from Bagley's men. The sheriff and a posse arrive after Alvarez offers to give
himself up, and although Nell dies, the gang is dispersed. After Chiquita (Clarine Seymour), whom
Alvarez spurned, persuades the sheriff to allow Alvarez to escape with her, Lady Fair marries
Randolph. Poor as it was, this was one of Dempster's few films for Griffith in which she was
properly cast. On the other hand, Richard Barthelmess couldn't have been a poorer choice for
Alvarez. Ironically, Dorothy Gish had recommended an actor to Griffith who probably would have
been perfect: Rudolph Valentino. But Griffith mistakenly believed that foreign types were not
appealing to women(!). Some critics of the day suspected that Griffith wasn't the only director on
this film. They were right -- his assistant Elmer Clifton was practically co-director.

Plot Synopsis is a combination of Plot Synopses by and
Directed by: D.W. Griffith

Written by: Stanner E.V. Taylor

Richard Barthelmess ...  Alvarez
Eugenie Besserer ...  Rosie Nell
Carol Dempster ...  Lady Fair
Clarine Seymour ...  Chiquita
Ralph Graves ...  Randolph
George Fawcett ...  The Sheriff
Walter Long ...  King Bagley
Kate Bruce ...  The Aunt
Rhea Haines ...  Spasm Sal
Adolph Lestina ...  Randolph's friend
Herbert Sutch ...  The Second Sheriff
J. Wesley Warner ...  Alvarez's Man
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: D.W. Griffith Productions

Distribution Company: Artcraft Pictures Corporation

Produced by: D.W. Griffith
Cinematography by: G.W. Bitzer
Assistant Director: Elmer Clifton (uncredited)    
Film Editing by: James Smith    
Camera Operator: Karl Brown

Length: 7 Reels
Runtime: 77 Minutes
Released: November 30, 1919
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