A common theme in the Vitagraph films of the pre WWI-era was the notion that a man could be judged solely on his clothes. One of the few surviving films from this period, What a Change of Clothes Did featured a handsome, obviously well-to-do protagonist whose life is changed completely when he is forced at gunpoint to don convict stripes. In a similar vein, Vitagraph's Clothes Make the Man is about a poor man who is mistaken for a millionaire through the simple expedient of a change of wardrobe. Even though the plot lines of such films would be difficult to swallow today, the Vitagraph product was redeemed by the uniformly fine quality of the photography and the sincerity of its actors. Such was the case of Clothes Make the Man, if contemporary reviews can be believed.
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