THE GODLESS GIRL
S.: Jeanie Mcpherson e Beulah Marie Dix (dialoghi). F.: J.Peverell Marley; Fotografia scene aggiunte: J.F.Westerberg, Franklin McBride. Scgr.: Mitchell Leisen. M.: Anne Bauschens. Mus.: Josiah Zuro. In.: Lina Basquette (The Girl), Marie Prevost (The Other Girl), George Duryea (The Boy), Noah Beery (The Brute), Eddie Quillan (The Goat), Mary Jane Irving (The Victim). P.: Cecil B.DeMille. 35mm.
The Godless Girl is another example of a what was conceived to be a silent film and later forced to submit to the sound process. It was distributed in the States with a soundtrack containing music, rare effects and sounds and the final two scenes reshot with dialogue. The first of the two scenes is the repentance of Noah Beery (the Brute) just before dying which, being the resolution scene of the film, is well adapted to the surprise of the dialogue. The second is a useless second ending in which the children meet at the gate of the Reformatory and talk about their future plans. “A surprising piece of romantic evangelism is The Godless Girl. The story, which stretches from unexpected ludicrous slapstick through scenes in a burning reformatory, […] is punctured with vapid, religious admonitions and strange, heavenly warnings in the form of crosses burnt into the palms of the heroine… Cecil B.De Mille directed the film, and while it has some commendable dramatic moments, its effectiveness is blunted by the introduction of unwarranted, slapstick comedy…. The two last scenes are in dialogue, but serve no appreciable purpose”. (Mordaunt Hall, The New York Times, 4/1/1929)