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The Converts (1910)

 |  Short, Drama  |  14 March 1910 (USA)
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A dance hall girl is converted to a religious life by a phony evangelist. But can he, himself, be saved?


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Credited cast:
Linda Arvidson ...
The Woman
Henry B. Walthall ...
The Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce ...
In Doorway
Charles Craig ...
Dell Henderson ...
In Bar
Arthur V. Johnson ...
In Bar
Marion Leonard
W. Chrystie Miller ...
Old Man
George Nichols ...
In Bar
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
Frank Opperman ...
Alfred Paget ...
A Friend


A bored young man of means decides that it would be a lark to masquerade as an evangelist and preach outside the "dance hall" of the town in which he is living. One of the young dance hall girls hears the phony preacher and is greatly moved by his message. The girl leaves the dance hall and goes to her room, where, weeping, she kneels and prays. Her life is changed, and she now becomes a dedicated settlement house worker. One day the girl encounters the young man. He, of course, is not now in disguise; and he is falling down drunk. At first the girl is disillusioned, but then she realizes that, although his words were falsely delivered, their message was nonetheless her salvation. The young man slinks away, but now he, too, sees the light. Soon he goes out to look for the girl, and he finds her assisting an old man who has fallen on the road. Their eyes meet and we can tell that this is a new beginning for the two converts. Written by Geezer Noir

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The reviewer in "Moving Picture World" (3/26/1910) felt that "The Converts", "with its masterful presentation, is a strong sermon and vividly reveals the power of religion to reclaim even the most profligate." But reviewer 'Sime' in "Variety" (3/19/1910) gave the film a scathing review, declaring that, " 'The Converts' are perverts". And that "The Board of Censors could have revoked it for two or three reasons, but principally on the religious ground." See more »

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The 35 Year Old D.W. Griffith
31 October 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This film takes Griffith back to the San Gabriel Mission. Henry Mathall is the protagonist, and the 16 minutes of film has the feel of Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' about it (in relation to the San Juan Baptista Chapel with the Vista Vision).

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