|~Giving Becky a Chance~
|~Photoplay Magazine, September 1917~
Really, I welcomed the opportunity to see little Miss Vivian Martin without hearing her "baby voice,"
that cut up such capers in the "legitimate." That is one good thing about films. They do not register
intonations and "sichlike." The idea of Miss Martin screened, appealed to me.
In "Giving Becky a Chance," the little blond baby had every chance in the world to do little blond
things in her little blond manner. She was a sweet little country girl, with a set of parents quite up to
her style, and - and, of course, there was a mortgage on the old home - one of those mortgages that
have gone out of fashion on the speaking stage.
I always note that in the case of girls of Miss Martin's type they are either kissed or ruined in the film
stories, and occasionally both. In "Giving Becky a Chance," the struggle with base and impious
manhood occurs at the very close of the picture, when Becky, having earned the coin with which to
pay off popper's mortgage, rides with the naughty gentleman in an automobile, and is there - kissed!
The other episodes in this perfectly blond history show dear little Becky at a swagger boarding
school, to pay for which poor old popper and mommer pinch and scrape - and you are never allowed
for one peaceful minute to forget it. Becky dancing in a cabaret for lucre, and whole wads of rather
primitive pathos, in which ailing mommer was concerned. The entire picture is prettily trite and
inordinary "wholesome." Even the kissing incident in the last reel is quite agreeable, and the
conventional ending just what blond minds appreciate.
Miss Vivian Martin owns one sorrowful look, which works overtime in the "pathetic" moments, but
she certainly is a nice girl, for just this type of well-stirred simplicity. As a dancer she was a new one
to me, but in pictures, the terpsichorean art does not possess many variations, and even a Pavlowa
suffers from the reel. Becky received the neat sum of five hundred dollars for her two weeks' work in
the cabaret, and I don't think she was worth it.
I wonder if all the mortgages on dear old homesteads that the legitimate has discarded have found
their way into the films, and how long it will take to pay them off?
By Alan Dale
|Directed by: Howard Estabrook
Lois Zellner - story
Edith M. Kennedy - scenario
Vivian Martin ... Becky Knight
Jack Holt ... Tom Fielding
Jack Richardson ... Ross Benson
Pietro Sosso ... Mr. Knight
Alice Knowland ... Mrs. Knight
Production Company: Oliver Morosco Photoplay Company
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures
Cinematography by: James Van Trees
Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: June 7, 1917