The judge in a Danish town sees his illegitimate daughter facing a trial for the murder of her newborn child, and is rather sure that she will be sentenced to death. She became pregnant from an aristocrat who didn’t want to marry her. The same fate happened to her mother, although he wasn’t allowed to marry because of a vow he had given to his father who had to marry under rank after the girl got pregnant. As expected the sentence for his daughter is death, he asks for a pardon, but this isn’t granted although he is promoted. So he decides to free her and get her out of the country at all costs.
Tag Archives: 1910s
The Delicious Little Devil (1919) Robert Z. Leonard, Mae Murray, Richard Cummings, Harry L. Rattenberry, Comedy, Drama
A poor hat-check girl loses her job and is forced to get a job as a dancer at a roadhouse. There she falls in love with the son of a rich businessman. The boy’s father, believing her to be after the family’s money, determines to embarrass her and show his son what she really is.
Civilization (1915) Reginald Barker, Thomas H. Ince, Howard C. Hickman, Enid Markey, Lola May, Drama
Allegorical film about peace. A king starts a war, many of the women are against it, people are pressed into service. A count has constructed a submarine and gets the order to sink an ocean liner, that is also carrying – supposedly – ammunition for the enemy. The count refuses to fire the torpedos, and sinks the submarine. He survives, but in a limbo between death and life where he meets Jesus, who takes him over to preach peace. Naturally the king arrests him and sentences him to death for treason, but then Jesus shows him the real face of war.
The Life Story of David Lloyd George (1918) Maurice Elvey, Norman Page, Alma Reville, Ernest Thesiger, Biography, Drama, History
A man and his wife both have criminal pasts, but have quit crime and are now respectable citizens. One day a member of their old gang shows up and threatens to expose them if they don’t help him pull a heist.
The Forbidden City (1918) Sidney Franklin, Norma Talmadge, Thomas Meighan, E. Alyn Warren, Drama, Romance
The daughter of a Chinese mandarin is sentenced to death for her secret marriage to an American. Their child, raised in the mandarin’s palace, grows up and escapes to seek her father, now a high-ranking official in the Philippines.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (1917) Chester M. Franklin, Sidney Franklin, Francis Carpenter, F.A. Turner, Virginia Lee Corbin, Fantasy
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp was another of Fox’s lavishly produced “Sunset Kiddies” series, wherein most of the principal roles were enacted by children. In this case, Aladdin is portrayed by juvenile performer Francis Carpenter, while other key roles were filled by such stars-in-the-making as Virginia Lee Corbin, Gertrude Messenger and Buddy Messenger and Lewis Sargent. The film was by no means a parody: the youthful performers played their parts with utmost sincerity, and most effectively. As was traditional in the “Sunset Kiddies” films, a few adult performers were scattered throughout the proceedings, notably Elmo Lincoln, the screen’s first Tarzan, who here portrayed the towering Genie of the Lamp. Unfortunately, none of the “Sunset Kiddies” efforts is currently available for reappraisal.