Valentine Grant is destined for opera when she meets
Sidney Olcott in a New York theater in 1914. He is not
tall, is not particularly beautiful, he is older than
her but he has a charm crazy. Hypnotic eyes and an
assertive voice asking him: "Would you like to make
The Canadian has just broken a seven-year
artistic adventure with Gene Gauntier, his early
collaborator, star actress, screenwriter and confidante.
He is looking for, in the absence of a substitute, an
actress capable of holding the top of the poster.
Cinema? To do what ? asks the young woman.
"To earn money," replies the director.
Valentine Grant, born on February 14, 1881, in
Frankfurt, Indiana, a young classic singer in the
making, is convinced.
When Men Would Kill,
their first film, shot in Jacksonville, Florida and Fort
Lee, New York is released on May 23, 1914.
Sidney Olcott shoots the films, made in Florida in the
winter, in Ireland in summer, in New York, the rest of
the year... In the Hands
of a Brute (1914), Tricking the
Government (1914), All For Old Ireland
(1915), The Taint (1915), The Innocent Lie (1916)…