The Wishing Ring (1914) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Wishing Ring (1914)




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According to film historian William K. Everson, to offer a fully detailed synopsis of Maurice Tourneur's delightful period piece The Wishing Ring "would do a disservice to its charm." Suffice to say that the film's wide-eyed heroine Vivian Martin comes into possession of a ring which she believes to have magical powers. Armed with this belief alone, the girl is able to change the course of her entire life. Adapted from a play by Owen Davis Sr., the film opens and closes theatrically, with a group of giggling young maidens opening and closing a proscenium curtain but is otherwise thoroughly and gloriously "cinematic." Such is the skill of director Tourneur that many people have been led to believe that the film, shot in its entirety in New Jersey, was actually produced in England (even the New Jersey Palisades seem convincingly "British!"). Rediscovered almost by accident by movie archivist Kevin Brownlow, The Wishing Ring may well be the best of Maurice Tourneur's pre-1916 films and is also a testament to the talent of his cameraman John Van Den Broek.


Alec B. Francis
as Earl of Bateson
Walter Morton
as Mr. Annesley
Simeon Wiltsie
as The Parson
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Critic Reviews for The Wishing Ring

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

It is a pretty, Idyllic love story of old England, and sends the patron from the theater with a smile on his face, believing the world is bigger and brighter than he had supposed.

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The whole atmosphere of the tale is light and as graceful as a minuet and colored with the nicety of a pastel.

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There is something engaging, something fascinating about this pretty little comedy-drama that results in it being unusually attractive, even though the whole story could have been told in far less space than five reels embrace.

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Slight in texture like all delicate things, it gives a truly first-love story in all its June rose-time perfume and vernal sweetness.

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Its beauty cannot be told in words.

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The story is an attractive one, and Miss Martin has every opportunity to display her talents at their best.

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