Into the Shadow finds the anonymous Vitagaph studio director trying to emulate Biograph's D.W. Griffith -- and falling considerably short of his goal. A little girl consumes a handful of poison berries. In real life, her companions would immediately rush her to a doctor; but in this film, they inexplicably take their sweet time seeking medical aid. By the time they do find a doctor, they pantomime their plight, leaving the physician somewhat dumbfounded. Eventually, the doc figures out what's going on, and struggles to save the girl's life -- but alas (and to no one's surprise), he is too late. Even allowing for the fact that this is a silent movie, it's hard to believe that the characters could not have behaved a tad more realistically.
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