|~Photoplay Magazine, September 1917~
Mr. C. Gardner Sullivan wrote the "Hater of Men," and he must have written a good deal more than the
films were able to register. I don't know if picture critics are permitted to speak of "talky" films, but I
am going to do it just the same. "Hater of Men" is surely a talky film. Luckily, one does not hear the talk
- and that is where pictures have the "drammer" beaten. You are Miss Bessie Barriscale, Charles K.
French, and Jack Gilbert chatting incessantly, talking things over - and then over again - and
Of course, you are told occasionally what they are saying, for you could never guess it, and you are kept
busy reading the legends flashed upon the screen in explanation.
Miss Barriscale is cast for the role of a newspaper woman I have ever met, and I've met a few. All she
seems to do is to amuse herself, go yachting, and attend parties. As for her wardrobe - well, Park Row
has never seen its likes. Journalism must be much more profitable than the poor owls of Park Row have
ever imagined it to be. The story of this film is not exciting. It has an idea and it could have, and should
have bright dialogue. Lacking that, it is scarcely filmable. The heroine of the story has decided that men
are no good. She arrives at that conclusion while she is "reporting" a divorce case. She has a charmingly
cynical style, we are told. (Otherwise we should never know.) She breaks her engagement with the
youth to whom she had plighted her troth, and plunges into Bohemia, where she soon discovers that
the men merely look upon her as a "good fellow."
Now, that sort of thing would be quite interesting in a play, or in a magazine story, but in a picture it
necessitates constant explanation, and one grows bored. The idea is worked out laboriously, and the
close in really quite foolish. Janice invites a friend to a home-cooked dinner; the friend asks her former
fiancé to accompany him, and then it is learned that the dear little thing is domesticated, after all, and
the picture ends as they all do.
Miss Barriscale strikes me as being too intelligent for such a story, and she had little to do but wear her
beautiful gowns - apparently the perquisites of all newspaper women. Let Mr. C. Gardiner Sullivan take
a trip to Park Row before he writes another newspaper story.
By Alan Dale
|Directed by: Charles Miller
Written by: C. Gardner Sullivan - scenario
New York Motion Picture
Distribution Company: Triangle Distributing
Cinematography by: Clyde De Vinna
Art Direction by: Robert Brunton
Supervisor: Thomas H. Ince
Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: July 1, 1917