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The Deception (1909)

 -  Short | Drama  -  22 March 1909 (USA)
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Of all the agonies of life, that which is most harrowing is the conviction that we have been deceived where we placed all the trust of love, and this is most apparent to Harry Colton, a ... See full summary »

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Barry O'Moore ...
Harvey Colton (as Herbert Yost)
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Mabel Colton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson
Adele DeGarde ...
At Laundry
Anita Hendrie ...
At Laundry
Charles Inslee ...
Landlord
Arthur V. Johnson ...
Man in Top Hat / Rich Patron's Secretary
Min Johnson ...
At Laundry
David Miles ...
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Owen Moore ...
Rich Patron
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Doctor
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Dorothy West ...
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Of all the agonies of life, that which is most harrowing is the conviction that we have been deceived where we placed all the trust of love, and this is most apparent to Harry Colton, a young artist in the action of his wife, Mabel. It has been an arduous struggle for fame with poor Harry and when poverty's wolf is howling at their threshold he resolves to go out and seek employment which may not be as congenial as art, but will prove decidedly more remunerative. But his wife will not allow it. She pleads with him to hope on, work at his painting while she goes to seek a position as teacher of piano at the Conservatory, His ambitious spirit is compelling and he allows her to go. Piano lessons, indeed. The brave girl gets a job in the laundry at the washtubs. However, she has grit and with her first day's pay, one dollar, she drags her sore body homeward, stopping on the way to buy a few provisions. Dauntless, she goes the next day to give "piano lessons" at the washboard, and while ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Released as a split reel along with And a Little Child Shall Lead Them (1909). See more »

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National Identity and Citizenship
13 February 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The 34 year old D.W. Griffith sheds the repulsive past of the settling community by providing his audiences with a gate to middle class values through short films like this one. It is a dialectic, negotiating what it means to be American.


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