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12 July 1909 (USA) See more »
A royal woman rejects her arranged marriage. The cardinal hatches a plan: the suitor will shave and change clothes... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Frank Powell ... A Visiting Nobleman

Florence Lawrence ... The Princess
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson
Edwin August
Charles Avery ... A Member of the Court
Kate Bruce
John R. Cumpson ... A Musketeer / A Member of the Court
Thomas H. Ince
Arthur V. Johnson ... A Musketeer
Rose King ... A Member of the Court
James Kirkwood ... The Cardinal

Owen Moore ... A Member of the Court
Barry O'Moore ... The King (unconfirmed) (as Herbert Yost)
Anthony O'Sullivan ... A Musketeer
Lottie Pickford ... The Princess' Servant (unconfirmed)

Mary Pickford ... A Disguised Servant
Billy Quirk ... The Barber / A Member of the Court

Mack Sennett ... A Musketeer
Harry Solter

Directed by
D.W. Griffith 
Produced by
D.W. Griffith .... producer
Cinematography by
G.W. Bitzer 

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11 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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The Biograph Girl and the Beard, 5 November 2007
Author: wes-connors from Earth

Princess Florence Lawrence ("The Biograph Girl") is fickle with men; she rejects bearded Frank Powell when he arrives for their royal wedding, and refuses to greet him with a kiss. The royal court is thrown asunder; so, court "Cardinal" James Kirkwood conspires to reintroduce lovely Ms. Lawrence to the dashing Mr. Powell. First, he has Powell shave his beard (leaving the moustache attached); then, he arranges to have Powell save Lawrence from a staged attack, by four men. As planned, Lawrence falls for her noble savior; but, later, she learns of the deception, and sends him away. Yet, she loves him…

The D.W. Griffith stock is more difficult to spot in costumed frocks. Lawrence is pretty as the Princess; she and Powell have fun playing for the "The Cardinal's Conspiracy". Griffith always makes the most out of a man's facial hair.

*** The Cardinal's Conspiracy (7/12/09) D.W. Griffith, Frank Powell ~ Florence Lawrence, Frank Powell

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