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Title: The Devil's Needle

Date: 1916
Type: Drama
Rating: 3 Stars 3/5
Colour: Black and White / Silent
Director: Chester Withey

An artist's model (Norma Talmadge) with a drug habits in love with the artist but she gets him into a drug habit and he then marries another woman and his life and career goes down him until the model reforms him. This film is on one level a morality tale against the evil of drugs with its depiction of the consequences of injecting drugs, but is also about love and redemption. This is the sort of film that could not be made 20 years later when the Hayes Code came in, given that it shows people injecting drugs. Whilst the surviving print is not great, it does still show a good performance from Norma Talmadge. The film was re-released in 1923 when Norma Talmadge was at the height of her fame.


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Norma TalmadgeNorma Talmadge
Marguerite Marsh
F A Turner
Howard Gaye