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The Voice of the Violin (1909)

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A music teacher is in love with Helen, one of his students, but she rejects him. In his anger he joins a communist group who plan to blow up a rich capitalist's house. When he realizes it's Helen's house, he tries to stop the plan.





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Credited cast:
Herr von Schmidt
Helen Walker
Mr. Walker
Communist Leader
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The romance of a poor German music teacher. Herr Von Schmitt, a young musician, comes to this country from Germany, and ekes a living teaching violin. At home he has become imbued with the doctrines of Karl Marx, the promoter of the communistic principles of socialism, the alleged Utopian scheme of universal co-operation, which in time, and under the control of intemperate minds becomes absolute anarchy. Von Schmitt, however, succeeding in a moderate degree to procure comfort by his art, is gradually being weaned from his former covetous spirit, and turns a deaf ear to the persuasive arguments of his former companions. Among his pupils is Miss Helen Walker, the daughter of a wealthy capitalist. A strong friendship springs up between teacher and pupil, which ripens into love before they are aware of it. Von Schmitt, unable to restrain himself any longer, during a lesson at his studio declares his love, and is, of course, owing to the disparity of rank, spurned. Enraged by the seemingly... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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18 March 1909 (USA)  »

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29 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Voice of the Violin (1909)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

A music teacher is in love with one of his students but she has to reject him because her father wouldn't allow her to marry a poor man. Brokenhearted, the man joins a terrorist like group who bombs the homes of rich people. The man is sent out on his first mission and learns the house belongs to the girl and her father. The plot is certainly far fetched, as is in the insane happy ending but there's a lot of terrific suspense here as the time for the bomb to go off gets closer and closer. Once again the terrific editing is the high point.

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