DirectorDavid Smith ScreenplayKatherine S. Reed ProductionVitagraph Studios
LanguageSilent (English intertitles) Release dateJanuary 27,1919 (1919) Based onThe Enchanted Barn (novel) by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz WriterGrace Lutz (story), Katherine S. Reed CastBessie Love (Shirley Hollister), Jean Hathaway (Mrs Walter Graham), Joseph Singleton (John Barnard), Dorothea Wolbert (Mrs Hollister), Otto Lederer Similar moviesLorna Doone (1922), A Yankee Princess (1919), Captain Blood (1924)
The Enchanted Barn is a 1919 silent film, directed by David Smith, starring Bessie Love and J. Frank Glendon. The script was written by Kathryn Reed, based on the eponymous novel by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz. Bessie Love was familiar with the source novel, and was instrumental in optioning it for this film.
On its release, the film was shown with the comedy short Soapsuds and Sapheads.
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To care for her ailing mother, young stenographer Shirley (Love) takes her young brother (Butterworth) to find a new home with country air. She finds a barn, owned by the family of Sidney Graham (Glendon), who agrees to rent her the barn. She fixes up the barn, and moves in with her mother and brother.
Shirley overhears a conversation between two men who intend to swindle her new landlord in the sale of a mine. She transcribes their words in a stenographic report, and uses it to foil the deal. Graham is very appreciative, and he and Shirley get to know each other. Shirley falls in love with Graham, but she receives word that he is engaged to another woman.
The two swindlers seek revenge on Shirley by kidnapping her, but she manages to notify Graham by dropping a note out of a car window. He calls the sheriff, who tracks down the swindlers, and Graham himself finds Shirley. Once reunited, it is revealed that Graham is not, in fact, engaged to another woman, and that he is in love with Shirley.
Bessie Love as Shirley Hollister
J. Frank Glendon as Sidney Graham
Joseph Singleton as John L. Barnard
William T. Horne as Walter Graham
Frank Butterworth as George Hollister
Ella Wolbert as Mrs. Hollister
Jane Hathaway as Mrs. Walter Graham
Garvey A. Walker as Harley Hollister
Bessie Love's performance received good reviews, although it was deemed "much as she has appeared in previous productions". The plot, however, was highly criticized as being thin. Overall, the film received mixed reviews.