A disfigured violinist mistakes a token of appreciation for a love bouquet. When he realizes his mistake, he loses his mind.





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Credited cast:
David Miles ...
James Kirkwood ...
The Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Florence Barker
Jeanie Macpherson
Charles Hill Mailes ...
Francois' Butler (unconfirmed)
Barry O'Moore ...
(as Herbert Yost)
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
Butler at Second Party
Frank Powell ...
Herbert Prior ...


Francois, a hunchback, high-strung musician, plays at a social gathering, and the fair debutante bestows upon him, in appreciation of his talents, a bouquet of lilies of the valley. This attention is misconstrued by Francois into a token of affection and he cherishes them as such. Upon awakening to the truth the disappointment wrecks his reason, and to help him the doctor persuades the girl to pretend affection, which she does, and consents to wear a ring he gives her. Later, upon finding the ring missing he discovers the deception and slyly changing his medicine for water thwarts the doctor's skill and slowly but stubbornly makes his way towards that "blind cave of eternal night to which we all fly for relief and lay our burdens down." Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama





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17 June 1909 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the comedy Her First Biscuits (1909). See more »


Featured in Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997) See more »

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Grips the heart
21 October 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

One of those pathetic dramas by the Biograph company which grips the heart and actually forces one to follow the story to the end regardless of whether one likes it or not. The death scene is so realistic that the audience scarcely breathes when the man is passing through the mental agonies attendant upon his discovery of the deception which had been worked upon him and the physical agony of approaching death. The woman's part was taken by one whose face is new in the Biograph pictures. She is no better than those who have acted such parts before, but her acting was good and she correctly interpreted the part. Photographically little was to be desired. The lighting appears a bit harsh in places, but in the main it is quite satisfactory. - The Moving Picture World, June 26, 1909

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