Pippa Passes; or, The Song of Conscience (1909)

 |  Short, Drama  |  4 October 1909 (USA)
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Pippa awakes and faces the world outside with a song. Unknown to her, the music has a healing effect on all who hear her as she passes by.


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Credited cast:
Gertrude Robinson ...
George Nichols ...
Pippa's Husband
Arthur V. Johnson ...
Marion Leonard ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ...
Greek Model
Clara T. Bracy
Adele DeGarde
James Kirkwood ...
In Bar
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
In Studio
Girl in crowd
Billy Quirk ...
In Studio
In Studio
Henry B. Walthall


Our story opens with Pippa awakening in her little room with the morning's light pouring through the window, for the "day's at the morn; morning's at seven; the hillside's dew-pearled; the lark's on the wing; the snail's on the thorn; God's in His heaven. All's right with the world." To-day is a holiday in Asolo, the whir of the spindles of the silk mill is silenced and Pippa, the little silk winder, saunters forth with her lute to brighten life's ordeal with song, little realizing what good she is doing. Her song of peace, "God's in His heaven. All's right with the world!" induces faith, hope and charity, faith in God's justice, hope for our welfare, and charity towards mankind. The workman goes to spend his time and earnings at the tavern, neglecting his despairing wife, with their little child, who grieve at home. In the midst of the roistering, Pippa passes, singing her song of peace. The words sink deep into the heart of the workman, and force him to return to his sorrowing wife,... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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First movie to be reviewed by the New York Times newspaper (October 10, 1909). See more »

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

Although I am not a Browning fan (in fact the only poems I do like are by Homer, Tennyson and Phyllis Wheatley), I do feel that this short film is significant because it shows signs of Griffith developing as a director. Give him a piece of prose and he can bring alive on the screen.

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