A Sweet Revenge (1909)

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After being jilted for another, a woman sends her lover's old letters to the new fiancée and looks forward to the reaction. But when she spots her old lover's glove left behind, she has a change of heart and repents.



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Credited cast:
Arthur V. Johnson ...
Paul Hiller
Marion Leonard ...
Paul's Fiancée
Jeanie Macpherson ...
Alice Baross, the Second Fiancée
Frank Powell ...
Alice's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
On the Bridge
Billy Quirk


Revenge is sweet, but like many sweet things if often leaves a bad taste. In this Biograph subject is shown an exemplification of the theory, with rather better results than is usually attendant upon vengeful moves. The young man jilts his first sweetheart to marry another. He apprises her of this by leaving a newspaper containing the notice of his approaching marriage. She flies into a frenzy of rage, and for revenge dispatches a messenger boy to the bride-elect with a package of his love letters and a joint photograph of themselves. The boy departs and she follows with her mind's eye this bearer of her malice, when suddenly her hand falls upon one of his gloves on the table. This is like a shock, for she now realizes the woe she has apparently caused. What would she not do to recall the messenger, but fate has intervened, for the boy has accidentally dropped the package from a bridge into the river. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama





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18 November 1909 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with A Midnight Adventure (1909). See more »

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The Camera as Character
27 May 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This offering does not encourage the viewer to enter into the story in any shape or form. It is unengaging, with no emphasis on detail or exploration of meaning in the subject matter. It is a close observation of pathetic characters set up by the 34 year old D.W. Griffith. His themes as a director is to express himself artistically through his actors. His players are merely an extension of his personality, and his identity is revealed in his characters. I felt this five minute project needed a fresh approach in order to say something new. Griffith has the habit of saying the same thing in the same way in all of his films. This one is no exception.

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