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Lochinvar (1909)

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Sir Walter Raleigh's romantic story of the love that laughed at more than locksmiths, and to which even castle walls and haughty fathers were no bar, is told by the Edison Company with a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Mary Fuller
Harold M. Shaw


Sir Walter Raleigh's romantic story of the love that laughed at more than locksmiths, and to which even castle walls and haughty fathers were no bar, is told by the Edison Company with a wealth of scenic vesture and old Scottish atmosphere that brings out all its picturesque details. We see young Lochinvar, who "rode out of the West," sending one of his retainers disguised as a peddler, to the fair Ellen, who, much against her will, has been betrothed to Douglas. The retainer brings her a message of hope; yet the eve of her forced marriage arrives and no Lochinvar. But as the marriage festivities are in progress our hero appears before the castle walls and asks permission to congratulate Douglas. After being disarmed he is admitted, and then during the one and last dance which he is permitted to have with Ellen, he suddenly seizes a sword from the wall, takes her in his arms, and before anyone can stop him, breaks one of the high windows and carries her down the castle wall. His swift... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama





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6 August 1909 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with The Tobacco Edict, Old New York, 1648 (1909). See more »

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The pictures are alive with energy and intense interest
13 December 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

From the Edison studio comes an illustration of Scott's stirring ballad, and one must say at the start that the pictures help to a better understanding of the familiar lines. The ballad is stirring and the pictures are alive with energy and intense interest. Everyone knows the poem, how young Lochinvar came out of the West and under the very eyes of all the guards in the castle carried away his bride. The producers exercised restraint in some directions. For example, the audience is not treated to a long chase to prove whether they are fleet steeds that follow. On the contrary the couple ride leisurely away and the knights follow quite as leisurely. The scene shifts and the couple are seen entering a monastery and when they have come out they have been wedded. The father and would-be bridegroom arrive just in time to congratulate them as they come from the altar. As Scott left it the bride and groom were never seen again, but in this instance perhaps dramatic necessities forced the meeting at the close. The staging of this piece is excellent. There is little to be desired and it must be confessed that the action causes a feeling of exultation, though the exit of Lochinvar and Ellen is not managed as spectacularly as it might be. One has to follow closely to see them when they go, yet this is the most important part of the piece and might he emphasized without injuring the balance of the drama. The photographic quality of the film is good, with the possible exception that it is a trifle dark in places. - The Moving Picture World, August 21, 1909

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