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Alfred Paget

  • Jun 02, 1879 (age 141)
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1917
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
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MovieOct 11, 1917

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

The story of Aladdin and the …
The story of Aladdin and the Princess Badr al-badr's adventures as told through child actors.
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1916
Intolerance
MovieSep 5, 1916

Intolerance

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from …
The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.
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1915
Martyrs of the Alamo
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MovieNov 21, 1915

Martyrs of the Alamo

The story of the defense of the mission-turned-fortress by …
The story of the defense of the mission-turned-fortress by 185 Texans against an overwhelming Mexican army in 1836.
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The Lamb
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MovieSep 23, 1915

The Lamb

Gerald, the somewhat frail son of a wealthy New York family, is …
Gerald, the somewhat frail son of a wealthy New York family, is bested at the beach by Bill, a strapping young cowboy from Arizona. His fiancée Mary, ashamed of Gerald's "yellow streak", leaves him and goes by train to visit some friends in Arizona, with Bill in tow. Gerald follows them, and before long he and Mary winds up captured by Yaqui Indians and Gerald must prove to Mary that he is not the "weakling" she thinks he is by coming up with a plan for them to escape their captors.
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Enoch Arden
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MovieApr 8, 1915

Enoch Arden

A hundred years ago in a little seaside village, lived and …
A hundred years ago in a little seaside village, lived and played three children, Philip Ray, Annie Lee and Enoch Arden, the latter an orphan. They grew up together and both boys fell in love with Annie Lee. She chose Enoch Arden. Philip, however, remained their friend. Years passed. The son and daughter of Enoch Arden and Annie Lee grew to be seven years of age. One day Enoch was hurt and found it to advantage to sail on a long voyage, the only work he could find to support his family. For ten years Annie and the children waited for his return. Philip cared for her and her children, sent the latter to school and urged Annie to marry him. since Arden apparently was dead and would never come back. She finally consented and they were married. On an island far away, Enoch Arden was alive, having been wrecked and was finally, after some years, picked up by a passing boat and sent home. Arriving there he discovers how good Philip had been to his children and how finally he had married Annie and took care of her. Without disclosing himself to either of them, he goes away, first telling his story to an old woman of the village. At the close of the day he dies on the seashore.
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1914
Brute Force
MovieApr 25, 1914

Brute Force

A gent in formal wear, amid a club or party, dozes off reading a …
A gent in formal wear, amid a club or party, dozes off reading a book about primitive man; we see the dream enacted. Weakhands loses his girlfriend to Bruteforce, but chances upon a design for a weapon to vanquish his rival and win her back. His tribe sees this and sets him up as their leader. With the club, he fends off various creatures (a winged lizard, a snake, a dinosaur) and a rival tribe led by Monkeywalk. The women even manage to repel an attack. But the rivals discover the secret of the club themselves, and capture the women. Weakhands, sitting in despair, chances upon a new weapon: the bow and arrow. With this tool, he slays the rival tribe and restores domestic tranquility.
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1913
Two Men of the Desert
MovieAug 23, 1913

Two Men of the Desert

The young authoress had …
The young authoress had come to the edge of the desert for her mother's sake. There she met the two young prospectors and a romance began. But the men were about to go across the desert, where they had heard rumors of gold. They decided to play square and before going determined to let the coin decide who should ask the young authoress the all-important question. The flip of the coin decided the older should try his luck first. He learned the girl did not love him. But the other she promised to marry when he should return from the gold lands, and the care of her sick mother, who would then be restored to health, should no longer interfere with her happiness. The young partners soon reached the other side of the desert, where success came to them far beyond their expectations. The girl, however, had met with sorrow on the passing of her mother. The two young men decided to return, but on their journey across the desert the younger fell over a precipice and broke his leg. The water supply gave out and while the older sought water on the desert he himself fell exhausted with thirst. He was found, however, and restored. In like manner the younger partner fell into the hands of friendly but ignorant Indians, who took him to their camp, where through their crude nursing fever set in. His own health restored, the partner sought him, but found him gone. Then came the temptation not to continue the search. He thought of the woman at home and the advantage he might take. He returned and told her the other was dead. At first she could not believe him, but on the persistent urging of the man she gave in. Thus came their stolen happiness in the joy of a child that was to come, but the younger partner, restored after several months, decided to return. He appeared outside of the cabin and would have gone away on the other's explanation had not the woman heard his voice and come out. He was able to forgive, but the woman told her husband she could have nothing more to do with him after this deception. There was only one thing for her to do, to wait until after the birth of the baby; then the baby came. Her trunk was packed and about to be taken away when she saw the baby lying in the father's arms. Then her mother heart repented and she stayed.
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Just Gold
MovieMay 24, 1913

Just Gold

The brothers choose between love and gold. The three brothers …
The brothers choose between love and gold. The three brothers sought the gold regions. The fourth chose to be a stay-at-home. He sought just love, and love was his reward: in the happiness of two old parents and the heart of a sweet girl. But those in the gold regions, each for himself, seeking just gold, found their ill rewards in the sordid earth of the Bad Lands.
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The Left-Handed Man
MovieApr 21, 1913

The Left-Handed Man

The thief was clever and he forged around the girl's sweetheart …
The thief was clever and he forged around the girl's sweetheart a chain of circumstantial evidence that seemingly had no flaw. The girl's faith was great and in unraveling the mystery the detective she engaged used the scientific methods of today, making a brilliant detective story.
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A Misunderstood Boy
MovieApr 19, 1913

A Misunderstood Boy

Everything he did seemed to be misconstrued, except by the …
Everything he did seemed to be misconstrued, except by the little lady he loved. The town roisters made fun of her and his love. That made trouble and the chief vigilante believed him the cause of it all. So he was "in wrong" all around. The girl's father also sided with the opinion of the world, and sent both the boy and girl away. Mother was on a visit at the time, and therein the need of such a one at home was proved, for once back she sent the father out to bring them home again. The boy in the gold hills had been misunderstood again. Marauding merchants had left their victim on the mountain pass and the boy, coming on the scene, was again accused, but the lie in the end destroyed itself.
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The Telephone Girl and the Lady
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MovieJan 6, 1913

The Telephone Girl and the Lady

A telephone operator hears a …
A telephone operator hears a robbery in progress over the Phone and goes in search for help.
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1912
The New York Hat
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MovieDec 5, 1912

The New York Hat

The young village minister was not quite as discreet as he might …
The young village minister was not quite as discreet as he might have been in fulfilling the strange trust left by the dying mother, but it certainly worked for the common good. By the bequest the mother desired that her daughter possess some of the finery previously denied her. As a result the minister and Mary were linked in a scandal, with the church board in judgment. Gossip received the laugh, however, as it generally does, while the minister assumed a trust quite unexpected.
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The Informer
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MovieNov 21, 1912

The Informer

The young lover leaving home at the opening of the war to join …
The young lover leaving home at the opening of the war to join the Confederate Army, tells his brother to take care of his fatherless sweetheart during the perilous times which are to follow. But the brother weakens and fails to be true to his trust. He permits her to believe that her lover is dead. Caught in the neighborhood, however, between the lines of the enemy, the brother appears before them at the crucial moment. In retaliation the false brother turns informer. Both forces are aroused to arms and during the attack upon the girl defending her wounded lover and family alone in the negro's cabin retribution comes in the form of a stray bullet.
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The Massacre
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MovieNov 7, 1912

The Massacre

The story of the massacre of an Indian village, and the …
The story of the massacre of an Indian village, and the ensuing retaliation.
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Heredity
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MovieNov 4, 1912

Heredity

At the edge of the Indian village, where the renegade white …
At the edge of the Indian village, where the renegade white man is occupied with trading, he meets the Indian maid, who later becomes his purchased bride. A son is born. Playing with his kind the child, who inherits his mother's Indian character, passes on to boyhood. Then the racial difference between the father and son is felt. At length the father, angered at the reluctance of the youth to leave his people and accompany him on a trading trip, compels the boy to do so by threats and violence, but later during the journey he becomes ashamed of his Indian wife and child. Broken guns and bad whiskey, sold to the Indians by the trader, inflame their desire for vengeance. In the coming attack the war-cry of his ancestors stirs the young Indian's blood. The father's crimes prove his own destruction, while the boy and his mother are claimed by their own.
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The Musketeers of Pig Alley
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MovieOct 31, 1912

The Musketeers of Pig Alley

A young wife and her …
A young wife and her musician husband live in poverty in a New York City tenement. The husband's job requires him to go away for for a number of days. On his return, he is robbed by the neighborhood gangster. Sometime later, an unrelated mob shoot-out ensues. The husband happens upon the melee, recognizing the crook who robbed him. Can the husband retrieve his money?
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The Chief's Blanket
MovieOct 10, 1912

The Chief's Blanket

When the Great Chief's body is placed before the funeral pile …
When the Great Chief's body is placed before the funeral pile by his mourning braves, his sacred blanket is covered over it and a sentinel left to watch that this, his last resting place, is not desecrated. The tribe has just departed for their village when a mountain outlaw appears and succeeds in stealing the blanket, having given the sentinel doctored whiskey. When the Indians discover this they exile the unfaithful sentinel until he can recover the blanket. About this time there comes to the mountains a little family, which is forced into the location on account of the ill health of the old father. They meet the outlaw, who is stricken ill, and dying, he presents the sacred blanket to the wife. Later on, the blanket is seen in her possession by the exiled Indian and he vows to recover it. In his attempt he yields his life, but the blanket is retained to the tribe through his sacrifice.
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The Narrow Road
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MovieAug 1, 1912

The Narrow Road

Two men are released from prison after having served their …
Two men are released from prison after having served their sentences. One is determined to go straight and stay out of trouble, but his fellow ex-con has other ideas, and his plans wind up spelling trouble for both of them.
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Lena and the Geese
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MovieJun 17, 1912

Lena and the Geese

For reasons of state, the first-born, a baby girl, is sent away and …
For reasons of state, the first-born, a baby girl, is sent away and placed in the care of Gretchen, a trusted peasant woman, who is the widowed mother of a little child about the same age. The two children grow up as sisters. Later, upon her deathbed, the noble lady repents and sends for her child to reinstate her. Gretchen takes this opportunity to make a great lady of her own daughter Lena, the goose girl, by sending her to court instead of the real heiress. Hence Lena is taken before the noble lady as she breathes her last, happy in the belief that she has made reparation. Lena is now a great lady, but the title is a great misfit; court etiquette with her is hard work. She longs to be back with Gretchen and her "geeses." She endures it as long as she can and then bolts. Gretchen, by this time, is sorry for her deception, and is only too eager to straighten the affair.
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Home Folks
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MovieJun 6, 1912

Home Folks

A stern father rules his little family by what he thinks to be the …
A stern father rules his little family by what he thinks to be the Bible's precepts, but it is simply the influence of his own narrow mind, he forgetting entirely his own youth. Hence when his boy suggests going to a barn dance, he flies into a rage and commands that the boy remain at home. The boy, however, becomes rebellious and goes, and for this act of disobedience the father drives him from the house and forces the rest of the family to swear never to mention his name again. A short time later they move to a new neighborhood, and the boy's sister meets and marries the village blacksmith. The old father has often regretted his harshness to the boy, but his stubborn nature prevents his admitting it. The sister, though, realizes his feelings and writes to her brother, who begs to come home. This almost causes trouble of another nature, for the blacksmith, who knew nothing of the brother, saw his wife in the apparent stranger's arms, and suspicious, was about to leave without asking an explanation.
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A Lodging for the Night
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MovieMay 9, 1912

A Lodging for the Night

Dick Logan, a young writer in …
Dick Logan, a young writer in search of local color, stops at a little border town in the Southwest and engages lodging at the Mexican Inn. Two tramps see the amount of money he has and plan to secure it. In the town he befriends a Mexican girl by stopping her uncle from beating her for having broken a water jar. That night, to while the time, he plays faro and breaks the bank, which greatly augments his already large amount of money. Retiring to his room, he is awakened by the efforts of the two tramps to get into the room. He steals out and asks for lodging for the night at a nearby house, which happens to be the home of the Mexican girl and her uncle. Here he gets real "local color," as the tramps have followed him and they enter the room through the window, while the Mexican, who also covets his money, enters through the door. The girl, however, saves him from harm, and it looks as if Dick had found a real heroine for a real romance.
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The Old Actor
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MovieMay 6, 1912

The Old Actor

An elderly actor who lives with his wife and daughter is …
An elderly actor who lives with his wife and daughter is dismissed from his acting job because he is considered to old. On his way home from the theatre he panics at the thought of telling his family the bad news and decides to disguise himself as a beggar. His daughter's beau accidentally gives him a five dollar gold piece, thinking that it was a smaller coin. A chase ensues with a policeman the daughter and her beau in hot pursuit. When caught he is recognized by his shocked daughter, but is quickly forgiven by all. Meanwhile the actor hired to replace him has already been fired and a messenger is dispatched to rehire the Old Actor to the delight of his wife, daughter and fellow actors.
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The Lesser Evil
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MovieApr 29, 1912

The Lesser Evil

As per appointment, the girl goes to meet her sweetheart outside …
As per appointment, the girl goes to meet her sweetheart outside an old shack. This spot is selected as being the most sequestered. Unknown to anyone, this shack is used by a gang of smugglers for the reception of contraband goods for shipment. This gang is just preparing to take away a cargo when the girl arrives. Not finding her sweetheart there, and hearing voices, she imagines he is inside the shack, and enters. The gang becomes panic-stricken at the entrance of an outsider. It is not long before they realize the importance of the situation, and as she has discovered their secret, they dare not leave her behind. Carrying her aboard their ship they sail away, just as the girl's sweetheart, who was late on account of the stopping of his watch, arrives at the place of meeting, and helplessly witnesses their departure. The young man rushing off, gets the Harbor Officers to attempt a rescue. In the meantime, the girl is in great peril on the ship, as the captain, who has locked her in his cabin, defends her from the onslaught of his drunken, mutinous crew. Finally, his ammunition being reduced to one cartridge, she begs that it be turned upon her, choosing death rather than falling into their hands. Good fortune, however, ordains that the rescue party shall deliver her from her peril.
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The Girl and Her Trust
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MovieMar 12, 1912

The Girl and Her Trust

Some tramps assault the …
Some tramps assault the telegraph office trying to rob $2000 delivered by train. The telegraphist girl, trying to help, telegraphs the next station and then the men are captured.
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A String of Pearls
MovieMar 7, 1912

A String of Pearls

A poor young man is seriously ill, but his rich employer won't …
A poor young man is seriously ill, but his rich employer won't help him. Instead he spends a fortune on a pearl necklace for his wife. The poor man recovers with the help of his kindly neighbors while the rich man's wife becomes sick and dies, with the useless necklace by her side.
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1911
The Miser's Heart
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MovieNov 20, 1911

The Miser's Heart

Thieves decide to steal the money an old miser has hidden …
Thieves decide to steal the money an old miser has hidden away. He refuses to open the safe for them, so they threaten to kill a girl who lives in his building.
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The Adventures of Billy
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MovieOct 19, 1911

The Adventures of Billy

Little Billy, the bootblack, …
Little Billy, the bootblack, finding luck against him, decides to move to some other town. To do this he must walk, as he hasn't the wherewithal for a railroad ticket. While trudging through the country, he falls into the hands of a couple of sinister-looking tramps, and they at once, by threats, force him to beg for them. A day or so later, the tramps hold up an old man, and while procuring his money throw him down with such force as to unintentionally kill him. Panic-stricken at their awful deed, they feel that the boy's knowledge of the affair will prove disastrous for them, and so they decide to get rid of him. Through the sagacity of a dog the boy is saved and the tramps are captured.
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The Squaw's Love
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MovieSep 14, 1911

The Squaw's Love

Wild Flower follows her banished lover, Gray Fox, into the …
Wild Flower follows her banished lover, Gray Fox, into the wilderness. Her departure is witnessed by Silver Fawn, who mistakenly thinks Wild Flower is stealing her fiancé. Silver Fawn sets out in pursuit and jealously attacks Wild Flower. They fall into the river but are rescued by Gray Fox.
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The Rose of Kentucky
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MovieAug 24, 1911

The Rose of Kentucky

A farmer takes in a young orphan after her mother's death and …
A farmer takes in a young orphan after her mother's death and sends her off to school. After she's grown, he encourages her to consider his younger brother as a husband. When the younger ...
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The Last Drop of Water
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MovieJul 27, 1911

The Last Drop of Water

A wagon train heading west …
A wagon train heading west across the great desert runs out of water, and is attacked by Indians. One man -- their last hope -- is sent out to find water.
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Enoch Arden
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MovieJun 12, 1911

Enoch Arden

Enoch Arden, a humble fisherman, marries Annie Lee. He signs …
Enoch Arden, a humble fisherman, marries Annie Lee. He signs on as a sailor to make more money to support their growing family. A storm wrecks his ship, but Enoch swims to a deserted island...
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The New Dress
MovieMay 15, 1911

The New Dress

Marta asks her husband Jose to buy her a new dress she saw …
Marta asks her husband Jose to buy her a new dress she saw at the market. On his way home, he goes with a friend to a saloon and drunkenly gives the dress to a barmaid. At home Jose tells his wife he lost the dress. She retraces his steps and finds the barmaid modeling her new dress. Faced with the truth, she goes mad.
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The Chief's Daughter
MovieApr 10, 1911

The Chief's Daughter

Frank becomes engaged to an Indian chief's daughter. …
Frank becomes engaged to an Indian chief's daughter. Susan, Frank's first fiancée arrives from the East. The chief's daughter finds out about Susan, and confronts them both. Frank ends up losing both fiancées.
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A Decree of Destiny
MovieMar 6, 1911

A Decree of Destiny

Kenneth Marsden, a young artist in failing health is advised to go …
Kenneth Marsden, a young artist in failing health is advised to go south where the balmy air is conducive to a betterment of his condition. Acting upon this advice, he leaves his club friends after a little good-bye spread and is soon in New Orleans, where he expects to find accommodations with an old-time friend of his mother. The old lady receives the son of her dear friend with open arms, but her two convent-bred nieces, Mary and Edith, are horrified at the thought of a man in the house. However, it isn't long after his arrival that he has made a decided impression upon the young ladies, but no more than they have impressed him. Kenneth is at a loss to know which of the two he cares most for, as they are both so gentle and artless. Still, he feels that Mary likes him for he reads her more clearly than Edith. Still he is impartial in his attitude towards them. Some time later, while out for a stroll, he is caught in a rainstorm and drenched to the skin. The old lady is prompt in her solicitude for his condition, and though she administers preventatives he is stricken down with pneumonia and for a time his life is despaired of. The two girls are ever in the extreme of anxiety and when the time of the crisis arrives, Mary's disquietude becomes so intense that she goes and kneels before the little shrine of the Blessed Virgin in her room and prays for his recovery, vowing to consecrate herself to the church if her prayers are answered. While she prays there is a turn for the better in Kenneth's condition, and the doctor assures them that he will recover. A few days later finds him convalescent and realizing that Mary's solicitude is induced by love he is about to make his choice between the two sisters, and in fact ha at first receives encouragement until she remembers her vow and recoils. This episode is witnessed by Edith, who goes to her room almost heartbroken. Mary, upon going to the room, finds Edith in tears and learning the cause, plans a subterfuge to send Kenneth. Well, the outcome is that two weddings take place, the spiritual and the material. Mary is wedded to the church in a scene showing the beautiful ceremony of a postulant receiving the veil, while Edith is wedded to Kenneth. The receiving of the veil is presented with absolute authenticity.
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What Shall We Do with Our Old?
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MovieFeb 13, 1911

What Shall We Do with Our Old?

An elderly carpenter is told …
An elderly carpenter is told by a doctor that his wife is seriously ill. Soon afterwards, an insensitive shop foreman lays him off from his job because of his age. Unable to find work, and with his wife's condition getting worse, he soon becomes desperate.
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1910
The Fugitive
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MovieNov 7, 1910

The Fugitive

Two Johns, a Confederate and an Union soldier, leave their …
Two Johns, a Confederate and an Union soldier, leave their family to go to the front. After a skirmish they end up separated from their respective sides, the Union soldier shoots the Confederate, but he has to escape and look for refuge in the house of his enemy.
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The Oath and the Man
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MovieSep 22, 1910

The Oath and the Man

Before the revolution in France the nobility exercised a most …
Before the revolution in France the nobility exercised a most despotic rule over the peasants, subjecting them to abject slavery. Not only did they suffer pecuniary oppression, but their humble households were invaded and defiled by the noble profligates. Henri Provost, a perfumer, receives a call from his landlord in quest of some perfume. During his visit this nobleman is attracted by Henri's pretty young wife. Her beauty so enthralls him that he, during her husband's absence, exercises his presumed rights, and invites, or rather commands her to attend his house fete. Here he dresses her in finery and promises to make a great lady of her, so that when her husband, who finding whither she had gone, bursts into the palace, she denies him. The heartbroken perfumer at first would return to the palace and in vengeance murder both his wife and the nobleman, but the old priest stays him, by showing him the crucifix, the emblem of Christian charity and making him swear he would never kill them. Indicating that vengeance belonged to God. Henri takes this oath and lives up to it. Some time later the peasants chafing under aristocratic tyranny revolt, with the perfumer a leader. The revolutionists invade the home of the nobleman, the occupants of which flee in panic. The nobleman himself, with the perfumer's wife, who is still with him, make their way to her former home, which she imagines is deserted. The perfumer enters, and upon meeting the guilty pair, sees his chance to wreak vengeance. He is about to run them through when the old priest again appears and shows him the crucifix, reminding him of his oath. He then waves back the mob, who haven't seen the nobleman, with the exclamation, "This is my wife." The mob dismissed, he takes the couple to an inner room where they exchange their finery for peasant's attire. Thus they leave to take their chances of evading intemperate revolutionists who are parading outside, devastating everything and destroying everybody aristocratic. What a bitter lesson she has been taught. Her covetousness has brought her only shame, terror, poverty and isolation.
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Wilful Peggy
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MovieAug 25, 1910

Wilful Peggy

Peggy is a high-spirited young woman from a poor family. …
Peggy is a high-spirited young woman from a poor family. One day she catches the eye of a wealthy lord, who proposes marriage and wants to introduce her into his social circle. But ...
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The House with Closed Shutters
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MovieAug 8, 1910

The House with Closed Shutters

During the Civil War a young …
During the Civil War a young soldier loses his nerve in battle and runs away to his home to hide; his sister puts on his uniform, takes her brother's place in the battle, and is killed. ...
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An Arcadian Maid
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MovieAug 1, 1910

An Arcadian Maid

A young girl looking for work, is hired by a farmer's wife to …
A young girl looking for work, is hired by a farmer's wife to work as a maid. A smooth talking peddler comes by the farm, and flirts with the young maid. He gives the naive girl an engagement ring and promises to marry her. When the peddler runs up some gambling debts, he visits the maid again and tells her they cannot marry until he has enough money to pay off his debt. While the farmer and his wife are asleep, the maid foolishly steals their money. The peddler takes the money and leaves on a train to get out of town. Overcome with guilt, the young maid runs away from the farm. Meanwhile the peddler gets into a fight and is thrown off the train. The maid stumbles upon him by the railroad tracks. She finds the money on the peddler and returns it to the farm couple before they even knew it was missing.
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The Call to Arms
MovieJul 25, 1910

The Call to Arms

When the Feudal Lord and his bride were visited by their …
When the Feudal Lord and his bride were visited by their cousin at a time when this Lord was presenting to his bride the family heirloom the Great Ruby of Irskaat, the cousin coveted it, and was determined to secure it. The Lord receives a call to arms, and in this the cousin sees a way to achieve his design. The Lord, however, appreciating the danger of leaving this valuable jewel unguarded, buries it in a secluded part of the grounds. His soldiers now assembled, he departs, leaving his wife to the care of his trusted servants. No sooner had he left than the cousin returns with the subterfuge that he will stay at the palace guarding the wife until the Lord's return. This the wife appreciates, believing his tender well meant. Surreptitiously he rids the palace of the servants, placing his own in their stead. The poor woman is now in the absolute power of this despicable villain. By entreaties and threats he tries to make her divulge the whereabouts of the ruby, but he finds her adamant. Not wishing to use violence, he will pursue another course, flattery and wine. While he gets the wine, the wife writes a note and dispatches her page, whom she discovers in the garden beneath her window, to her husband with it. Off the page goes on a mad dash only to become exhausted before the end of the journey. Meeting a band of gypsies they give the boy refreshments. The drink induces sleep and when the boy awakes he finds several hours have elapsed. Arriving at the Lord's tent, he delivers the missive and the Lord leaps into the saddle and dashes toward the palace. During the time of this wild ride, a horrible thing has happened at the palace. In her endeavor to keep the traitorous cousin at bay the wife has accidentally fallen headlong from one of the parapets of the palace to the walk below. Out rushes the cousin, only to find that the fall resulted fatally. He carries her inanimate form in, and now he fully realizes the enormity of his deed and falls cowering at the foot of the altar in the little chapel. At this moment the Lord dashes up. Entering, he finds his wife cold in death. Stunned for a moment, he rushes into the next room, where the cousin grovels, with one object in mind, vengeance.
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A Child's Impulse
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MovieJun 27, 1910

A Child's Impulse

Mrs. Thurston, a socially ambitious widow, is holding one of her …
Mrs. Thurston, a socially ambitious widow, is holding one of her famous Bohemian parties. To these functions are invited the leading lights of the several professions, actors, artists, musicians, etc. Surrounded by these men and women of art and letters, she was at first entertained, but they soon palled and bored. On this evening in particular, she is especially possessed of ennui, until the appearance of Raymond Hartley, a wealthy young bachelor, who is introduced into the circle by a newspaper man. An attachment immediately springs up between the widow and Raymond, and it must he said that the latter is more sincere than the former, for Raymond calls upon her and proposes marriage, which she is only too willing to accept. His friends, however, upon finding out the seriousness of the situation, go and warn him against her, accusing her of being a flirt. He, of course, will not believe until he himself later finds their accusation true. His friend and chum suggests a stay in the country to cure him of this ominous infatuation. Selecting a quiet out of the way place they go, enjoining the valet to keep secret their whereabouts. Almost upon their arrival, he meets Grace, the daughter of the farmer. Her simple, artless manners, with her rustic beauty, fairly captivate him and make him forget the widow entirely. He now experiences a higher and holier love, so he sends word to his valet to send on his trunks as he intends protracting his stay indefinitely, and later proposes to Grace and gains consent. The widow, meanwhile, has waxed uneasy, as she is most anxious to make this rich match, realizing what Raymond's wealth would do for her. At his residence she gets little information from the valet, but espying the trunk tagged, she slyly notes the address. Off she goes in her auto, and funds Raymond on the roadside in a state of elation over his prospects. Feigning illness, she elicits his sympathy, and soon the old infatuation possesses him. Back to the city he goes with the widow, after dispatching a note to Grace of his departure. What a shock this is to the poor girl, and her little sister, while she doesn't quite understand why, feels that the return of Raymond is urgent. The trunks have arrived and the little one finds the return stub still intact. Getting her toy bank, she extracts her savings and finds she has sufficient to pay the fare to the city. Surreptitiously she starts, and when in the city a policeman directs her to Raymond, whose valet states he is at the widow's. Here the child enters into the midst of a Bohemian gathering. The look into the child's sweet face, so much in contrast to the features around him, and but the sound of one word of her pleading, is enough to decide him, so picking up the child in his arms he dashes from the place, hurling aside the widow, who would detain him. Back to the farmhouse he rushes and throws himself appealingly at the feet of the poor heart-crushed Grace.
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A Victim of Jealousy
MovieJun 9, 1910

A Victim of Jealousy

The young husband's irrational jealousy makes him …
The young husband's irrational jealousy makes him suspicious of every attention bestowed upon his wife. Even the minister, who performed their marriage ceremony, making a pastoral call annoys him. They attend a social gathering, and his ill-concealed perturbation at his young wife's affability with all present spoils her evening's pleasure, and finally induces her to ask to be taken home. Arriving home, a stormy scene ensues, and there might have been a separation but for the wife's subtleness in placing within his range delicate reminders of her own gentleness. He is awakened from his present dementia and promises never to act so foolishly again. The next morning as he is about to leave for his office, he is sincere in his protestations of faith, but upon returning to his library to secure some business papers, he hears a man's voice issuing from the reception room, and upon entering finds his wife's milliner, who has come with her hat. He orders the man out and unjustly upbraids his wife. Not only that, he instructs his valet to watch. This of course, is fine for the valet, as he sees gain in it. During the afternoon lady friends of the wife call and beg her to accompany them to the art studio to look over some paintings they think of purchasing. While at the studio, her friends are called away for a few moments and ask her to wait until they return. Meanwhile, the valet has learned of the wife's visiting the studio and so informs the husband. The intelligence throws him into a frenzy, and rushing home secures a revolver and heads to avenge his fancied wrong. The wife's sister sees this and hastens to apprise her of her danger. Up to now the friends have not returned and the wife is place in a very embarrassing position, but the sister hurries her into an adjoining room, from which she escapes by another door for home. Unfortunately, the wife in her haste drops her scar, which the husband recognizes, and dashing into the adjoining room, just as the other door closes behind his wife, finds his sister-in-law who claims the scarf. Returning home he finds his wife, who confesses that she really was at the studio, and relates the details which are corroborated by her friends who now appear. The wife's patience is tried to the limit and she determines to leave him at once, so it is only upon his solemn promise never again to mistrust her that she remains.
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A Child of the Ghetto
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MovieJun 6, 1910

A Child of the Ghetto

After her mother's death, …
After her mother's death, Ruth struggles to support herself as a seamstress. While Ruth delivers shirts to the factory owner, the owner's son steals some money and Ruth is accused of the crime. She flees the ghetto of New York's Lower East Side and hides in the country where a young farmer takes her in and they fall in love.
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The Impalement
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MovieMay 30, 1910

The Impalement

Walter Avery is blessed with a most dutiful and loving wife, whose …
Walter Avery is blessed with a most dutiful and loving wife, whose every endeavor and thought is to make him happy, but he being a man of the world, finds domestic life dull, and his wife's attentions boring. Hence, it is with eagerness that he accepts invitations to the different social functions. Accompanied by his wife, he attends a social gathering and there meets a young dancing girl, society's favorite entertainer. He is immediately obsessed with an infatuation for the girl, and it is evident that his feelings are reciprocated. Mrs. Avery's suspicions are aroused and she accuses him of undue attentions toward the dancer. He, of course, denies her accusations and cajoles her into believing that his thoughts are always only for her. Nevertheless, the time comes when she sees positive proof of his perfidy in a letter to him from the girl inviting him to attend a dinner at her house given in his honor, hoping he will not fail to grace the occasion. When he is about to leave for the dancer's home, Mrs. Avery picks up a bottle of poison, threatening to take her life if he goes. Regarding this threat merely a jealous woman's trick to keep him home, he not only treats it with derision, but pours the contents of the bottle into a goblet, remarking that it would be more convenient to take it that way, and off he goes. When he is gone the true aspect of the situation dawns on her. She realizes for the first time what a despicable wretch he is, and not worth the effort to save him, so she dashes the glass with its contents to the floor. However, the strain of the ordeal through which she has passed proves too much for her, and she falls in a swoon to the floor. Meanwhile, Avery has reached the home of the dancer, and is toasted at his entrance. By strange coincidence, the glass handed to him is identical with the one he handed his wife. He at once becomes conscience-stricken that his wife may have carried out her threat. Rushing back to his home he finds his wife in a swoon, but he thinks her dead. Dead, and he caused it! At this moment he becomes a veritable maniac. Dashing madly out of the house, he re-enters the dancer's home like a fiend. The guests are thrown into a panic as he shrieks, "I killed my wife! I killed my wife!" and falls across the table dead, struck down by the relentless avenger of injured virtue.
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The Gold Seekers
MovieMay 2, 1910

The Gold Seekers

The maxim, "'Tis darkest just before dawn," was certainly …
The maxim, "'Tis darkest just before dawn," was certainly verified in the case of the despairing prospector who is the subject of this Biograph story. All his searching for the coveted yellow ore has been fruitless, and he starts out to make his last effort to find pay dirt. The privations he has suffered do not affect him as much as the hardships endured by his patient wife with their little child, a boy of ten years. To see them subjected to hunger and exposure almost drives him mas, and this final effort is almost maniacal. As usual, his endeavors seem to be in vain, until in a fit of rage he hurls his pick away from him and sinks despairingly on the ground. Here he sits hopeless, when he sees something shining in the earth that the pick's point had upturned when he hurled it from him. He is dazed, and can scarcely believe his sight. However, a pan of the dirt taken to the brook and washed proves he has at last struck pay dirt. Wild with joy, he rushes to his camp to give the news to his wife. She reminds him of the importance of filing his claim at once, and to this end the three, man, wife and child, go back to the place and he stakes the claim, guarding it, while the wife hurries to the agent's office to file it, she taking the little boy with her. Two mountain reprobates from a distance see the staking of the claim, and knowing that the first one filing the claim may secure it, try to reach the agent before her, but as she is on horseback and they on foot, she reaches there first. When she arrives she finds the office not yet open and a line of prospectors awaiting the agent's arrival. The two scoundrels now scheme to get the wife's place in the line, and to effect this they play upon her sympathy by getting an unconscionable old woman to feign illness and ask to be assisted to her home. This the wife does, the scoundrels following and locking her in a room with her little boy. They go back to the agent to secure his recognition of their claim. After futile efforts to burst the door, the wife lets the baby through the transom on a rope, telling him to run for help. This the little fellow manfully does, and after a time engages the attention of a couple of ranchers, who release the poor woman, rushing her to the land agent's office just as he is about to sign the claim of the scoundrels. The agent listens to the woman's story, backed up by the ranchers and the baby, and signs the claim, handing it to her, at the same time pushing a pistol in the scoundrels' faces with the injunction, "Now, git," and they very wisely "got."
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The Two Brothers
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MovieApr 4, 1910

The Two Brothers

In Camarillo, principality of the Spanish dominion, there …
In Camarillo, principality of the Spanish dominion, there lived two brothers, Jose and Manuel. Born in a noble Spanish family and reared by a mother noble in both station and character, they were vastly different morally. Jose was a dutiful son and upright young man, while Manuel was the black sheep. It was on Easter Sunday morning during the processional that Manuel appears in an intoxicated condition and foully ridicules the priests and acolytes as they enter the chapel of the old mission. At this the mother's pride is hurt beyond endurance and she exiles her profligate son from her forever. Manuel is shunned as a viper and while making his way along the road, meets Pedro, the notorious political outlaw, who sympathizes with him and offers him inducements to join him, and so takes him to his camp. Meanwhile, Jose woos and wins the Red Rose of Capistran and the day for the wedding is set. Manuel finds the life in the outlaws' camp palls, and, drawn by irresistible memories, he visits his home village, Here he is shot in the arm by his brother, who hounds him, and escapes further injury by hiding among the ruins of the mission, where he is discovered later by the Rose and her girl companion, who relieve his agony by dressing his wounded arm. He goes back to the outlaw camp with a firm purpose of revenge. The wedding of Jose and the Red Rose has taken place and the young couple start for their new home with their friends, by the coach. On this coach is also the rich dowry chest. This the outlaw learns and here appears the brother's chance for revenge, so gathering together the band to pursue the wedding party, they overtake the coach, but not until Pedro has fallen and Manuel assumes leadership. Jose is dragged from the conveyance and brought before his brother, who is about to dispatch him, when the bride and her friend rush up. He now sees that they and his succor when wounded at the mission are the same, hence he allows all to go on their way unharmed. The little friend of the bride who assisted in aiding the wounded brother at the mission, fell in love with him at first sight, and at this second meeting she makes clear her feeling for him. He, on the other hand, is struck by the artlessness of the pretty little Senorita and later finds himself her willing slave, and it is with amazement that the villagers see her lead Manuel into the chapel. Thus he finds love the master to curb and finally dissipate his impious inclinations.
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In Old California
MovieMar 10, 1910

In Old California

No land nor period was more given to romance than the Spanish …
No land nor period was more given to romance than the Spanish American in the early part of the 19th century. The influence of the warm constant sun, without excessive amenity was conducive to lethargy and lethargy is the seed of romance. The dreamer is a romancer. This Biograph story starts some time before Mexican independence was proclaimed in California, which occurred in 1822. Perdita Arguello, the pretty Spanish senorita is beloved by Jose Manuella, a wealthy young Spaniard, who migrated to the new world in search of adventure. A man of qualities, he surrenders claim upon the girl when he finds her heart is given to Pedro Cortes, a handsome troubadour of the village. Cortes is just the sort of fellow to impress a thoughtless and unsophisticated girl with his gentle persuasive manner together with his talent as a musician. Of poetic temperament, she yields to his plan and marries him. But what a calamity! Twenty years later we see the result of her folly. Cortes proved to be a worthless dipsomaniac and reprobate. Spending his time and money she earns at the tavern. The most unfortunate feature is that they have a son, now nearly 19 years old. Perdita realizes that the environs and example of the father are not favorable to the boy's well-being, hence she resolves to save him. It is at a time when Baja and Alta California are in conflict, and Manuella, Perdita's former lover, is now Governor. So she appeals to him to provide a future for their son. The Governor takes the boy into his own company. But is there any wonder that the son of such a dog as Cortes should prove himself to be a despicable whelp? He is not long in the service when the blood of his father asserts itself. Drunkenness is one of the first offenses. Next theft of the meanest order, that of robbing his sleeping comrades-in-arms. Perdita has dispatched a letter of thanks to the Governor, which he is reading as the drunken boy is brought before him. The tone of the letter induces Manuella to be easy on the boy that she might live in ignorance of his real nature. However, later she writes that she is dying and believing her son has made a name for himself, she asks to be allowed to see him before she dies. As the Governor reads this letter the boy is brought before him, having been caught for thieving. Manuella is thoroughly disgusted with the boy, but in order to have his mother die happy, he decorates him, making him appear before her as a hero. When she breathes her last the medals are torn his breast and he is sent to prison where the punishment he justly deserves is inflicted. In this subject are shown a series of most beautiful scenes of Southern California, which are photographically perfect.
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The Thread of Destiny
MovieMar 7, 1910

The Thread of Destiny

Little Myrtle, the orphan girl …
Little Myrtle, the orphan girl of San Gabriel, stands at the window of her cabin contemplating the beautiful sun before her; the valley out between the hills bedecked by the hand of Flora, iridescent in the morning light, a veritable Iris. Her pure soul goes out in love to the trees, the flowers and the sun, which is responded in the exhilaration of their perfume. Yet she is obsessed with an insatiable yearning. An orphan, she does not know paternal love; her pure, tender heart does not concur with those around her, for the village is made up of a people abjectly material. There is but one to whom she can evince her generous, affectionate nature, the wife of the innkeeper, who is ill. Each morning she gathers flowers and brings them to her. On this morning we see her flower-laden, making her way to the inn. On the road she meets a Mexican stranger, Estrada. Their hands touch while he assists her in recovering some of the flowers she has dropped. She experiences a thrill, such as she had never felt before, and yet she doesn't know why. However, her heart seems lighter, the world brighter, as she continues on to the inn to cheer and comfort the suffering woman. As she is about to leave, she is insulted with the advances of Gus Walters, a drunken tough. He is about to seize her when Estrada enters and rescues her from the peril, seeing her safely out of the place. Later, Estrada is induced to take a hand in a poker game, which is really a subterfuge to start a quarrel. He is accused of cheating, and they determine to lynch him. Seeing the chances extremely against him, he picks up a chair, and whirling it around him, makes his way to the door. He dashes down the road, and by climbing a tree, manages to throw his pursuers off his trail. In detour he finally comes to a cabin, which he enters as refuge, to find it the home of .Myrtle. Her wit saves him. She makes him bind her hands and feet, disarrange the place, and then hide under a pile of stuff. The appearances are convincing to the story she tells the posse of being robbed by Estrada, who had proceeded on out of reach. They are satisfied that the Mexican has eluded them and so search no further, going back to the inn. Gus hangs back and returns to Myrtle's cabin to wreak revenge, thinking she is unprotected, but he is mistaken, of course, and being off guard, he is easily overpowered and bound. He is afforded the felicity of witnessing Myrtle and Estrada plight their troth, and leave for the mission chapel to be married. Still they are charitable, for before they leave they place in Gus' mouth a cigarette and light it for him that his hours of bondage might not hang heavy. Off they go to the mission where they are bound for life in holy marriage. Gus, meanwhile, has freed himself and rushing hack to the inn tells of the girl's ruse. As they look from the window they see Myrtle and Estrada leaving the priest and strolling down the road as the twilight bells of the Angelus toll. This awakens the boys to their better selves and they exclaim. "Let 'em go, Gus, the drinks are on you."
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1879
Alfred Paget
BirthJune 1879

Alfred Paget

Alfred Paget was born.
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