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In the Sultan's Power (1909)

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Jack Thornton, an American traveler, while touring Europe meets the daughter of an old French nobleman and falls in love with her. He is persistent in his suit for her hand, but outside of ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Hobart Bosworth
Betty Harte
Tom Santschi
Stella Adams
Frank Montgomery
E. Vivian
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Robert Z. Leonard
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Jack Thornton, an American traveler, while touring Europe meets the daughter of an old French nobleman and falls in love with her. He is persistent in his suit for her hand, but outside of a seemingly cordial friendship the lady apparently does not return his affections. There is a reason for this. Osman Bey, a Turkish nobleman, desires the hand of this charming girl. He has expressed his love for her to her father, who is an ambitious, worldly man and who aspires to obtain that social recognition which is so dear to the average man of wealth. Mons. Dupont is well aware that he is selling his daughter, and so cleverly does he arrange matters by pretending that he is facing financial ruin, that he persuades Flora into giving her consent to the marriage in order to save his credit. Several months later, whilst sightseeing in Constantinople, Jack by accident meets Flora, who is driving in a closed vehicle. He is startled at the change in her appearance and indignant over the revelation ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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17 June 1909 (USA)  »

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Many details are not yet adjusted satisfactorily
21 October 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Selig is developing a new type of pictures and is offering those with an Oriental setting, and is measurably successful in the production of this type. Many details are not yet adjusted satisfactorily, but each succeeding picture is better than the one before it, both in staging and acting. By far the best piece of work in this one is the acting of Jack, which is so coldly self-reliant that it startles those Orientals who are used to having every one cringe before them. And when he walks away from before the leveled rifles free he does it so nonchalantly that the audience applauds. The story goes on to include the capture of the Sultan and the release of the girl, but, after Jack's release, the rest of the play is tame. The staging is reasonably good, and the lighting of the various scenes is, perhaps, as good as could reasonably be expected. The picture is well worth seeing and deserves a long run.

  • The Moving Picture World, June 26, 1909



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