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A Fool's Revenge (1909)

 -  Short | Drama  -  4 March 1909 (USA)
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A court fool believes the Duke is after his beautiful daughter, and arranges to have the Duke murdered. The daughter overhears the plot and, disguised in the Duke's cloak, sacrifices her life to save him.



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Credited cast:
The Duke
Charles Inslee ...
The Fool
Marion Leonard ...
The Daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ...
At Court
John R. Cumpson ...
At Court
Raymond Hatton ...
At Court (unconfirmed)
Anita Hendrie ...
Fool's Accomplice
Arthur V. Johnson ...
At Court
Fred Mace
David Miles ...
At Court
Vivian Prescott
Herbert Prior ...
Fool's Accomplice (unconfirmed)
Minstrel / Servant
Harry Solter ...
At Court


A free adaptation of the story of Rigoletto. The Biograph here holds up to your pity a court-fool, whose inordinate love for his child prompted him to plan vengeance which reverted upon himself. The Duke suffers from melancholia and his courtiers are at wits' end to dissipate his ennui. Diversion of all sorts are brought, but without success, until at last they decide to abduct the pretty daughter of the fool and bring her to the Duke. This is effected, and when the Duke sees her he falls deeply in love with her, but her pure innocence instills in him a higher, holier devotion than he was accustomed to experience, so he harkens to her plea, and throwing his cloak about her, sees her safely home. This is witnessed by the fool, who is in hiding, and misjudging the Duke's attitude, vows vengeance. To this end he enlists the services of a nomad couple who are dwelling in a hut not far off. He bargains with them that to kill the man he shall point out he will pay them five hundred louis. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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D.W. Griffith and Victor Hugo
30 October 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This 17 minute film was adapted from Victor Hugo's 'LeRoi s'amuse' and Verdi's opera, 'Rigoletto'. Obviously Griffith had 'Les Miserables' and 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' in mind when he was adapting this film, but it just goes to show that the reason why he got better as a director was because he was adapting existing pieces of work onto the screen.

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