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The Renunciation (1909)

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Two miners are fighting over a woman, and one is about to murder the other in his sleep. At the critical moment, the woman introduces her fiancé from the city.





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Credited cast:
Kittie Ryan
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
Steve Ryan, Kittie's Uncle
James Kirkwood ...
Joe Fielding
Harry Solter ...
Sam Walters
Kittie's Fiancé
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W. Chrystie Miller


The appearance of pretty little Kittie Ryan played havoc at Yellow Hill Mining Camp. Joe Fielding and Sam Walters were boyhood chums, and becoming obsessed with the gold fever came out to Yellow Hill as partners. Both sturdy, honorable chaps, they found congeniality in each other's company. They worked together, shared the fruits of their toil, and, in fact, seemed a monumental typification of true friendship. We see them sitting on the rocks smoking and talking over old times, no doubt repeating the lines of Byron: "Ah! happy years! once more, who would not be a boy." But, lo! A cloud. The heart-high disturber appears in the person of Kittie, the pretty niece of old Steve Ryan, on a visit from the East. Joe and Sam are immediately smitten with the little one, whose lustrous orbs pierce their very soul. Both make up their minds to win her, as does every other fellow in the camp. However, Joe seems to hold high cards, and so the erstwhile chums are now bitter rivals. They quarrel over ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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19 July 1909 (USA)  »

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Mary Pickford Goes Up a Hill to Fetch a Pail of Water
5 November 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Boyhood chums James Kirkwood (as Joe Fielding) and Harry Solter (as Sam Walters) are both smitten with fair lady Mary Pickford (as Kittie Ryan). When she goes up a hill to fetch a pail of water, both Mr. Kirkwood and Mr. Solter want to help. Ms. Pickford shows a preference for Kirkwood, and allows him to carry her pail, which leaves the jealous Solter fuming. While Pickford does not return Kirkwood's favor either a kiss or an embrace; still, the two men decide she's worth dying for - and, they agree on a duel to the death…

Pickford steals the show; her scolding of the men, and successful "reconciliation" scene is a highlight, along with the outdoor New Jersey landscape, of "The Renunciation". Consider the possibility that Pickford's production of "fiancé" Billy Quick might be due to her character's quick thinking, after she realizes her rivals' plan to duel.

**** The Renunciation (7/19/09) D.W. Griffith ~ Mary Pickford, James Kirkwood, Harry Solter

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