Sold For Marriage is not a masterpiece of the silent cinema, but clearly a quality production, starring the always lovely Lillian Gish, and directed by Christy Cabanne, who was amongst the early group of industry professionals, and went on to have a long career in Hollywood. The production design is carried out with conviction, and especially the half of the film that takes place in Marfa's Russian hometown comes across as quite authentic. As far as the story goes, this is clearly in the tradition of taking a page out of the newspaper -- at one point in the film, we are even informed through a newspaper headline that arranged marriages amongst Russian immigrants are being illegalized.
The film came to me through a trade, but I am fairly certain that my DVD-R was copied from the release by Grapevine. The print used for the transfer is a 16 mm print in fairly good condition, and there is probably no reason to believe that this particular film will ever see a better home video release.
IMDb.............: User Rating of 6.7/10
Country..........: United States
Runtime..........: 57 Minutes
Subtitles........: English Intertitles
Video Format.....: NTSC
Aspect Ratio.....: 1.33:1
DVD Source.......: DVD5
DVD Distributor..: Grapevine Video
Program..........: DVD Shrink
. Early silent film in acceptable quality
. Although Grapevine's releases are often not of the highest quality, the label is to be commended for providing access to hundreds of early silent films, and I encourage anyone with an interest in this period of cinema to seek out their site (linked above), and possibly support their business by purchasing this or other of their releases. Without our support, these labels will not be able to continue releasing the films we love.