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The Honor of His Family (1910)

 |  Short, Drama  |  24 January 1910 (USA)
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George was the son of old Col. Pickett, and the last of a haughty military family. The old Colonel was proud of the records of his ancestors, and he himself had bravely barred all smirch ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Henry B. Walthall ...
George Pickett Jr.
Verner Clarges ...
Col. Pickett
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ...
Woman at farewell
Kate Bruce ...
Woman at farewell
William J. Butler
Charles Craig ...
Man at farewell
Francis J. Grandon ...
Officer among soldiers
Ruth Hart ...
Woman at farewell
James Kirkwood ...
Officer
Adolph Lestina ...
Servant
W. Chrystie Miller ...
Man among friends
George Nichols ...
Officer
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
Officer
Alfred Paget ...
Man among soldiers
Gus Pixley
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George was the son of old Col. Pickett, and the last of a haughty military family. The old Colonel was proud of the records of his ancestors, and he himself had bravely barred all smirch from the family 'scutcheon, for to him "life was but a word, a shadow, a melting dream compared to essential and eternal honor." The war declared, the little Southern village make their offering to the cause, a company of volunteers in command of young George. There wasn't a prouder man in all the South than Col. Pickett as he grasped his son's hand at his departure. His last behest was, "Go, my boy; emulate the brave deeds of those who have gone before you. Be fearless, brave, and fight, fight." Amid encouraging cheers, the fluttering flags and handkerchiefs of the fair maidens, and to the beat of the drums, the volunteers march to their post. The old Colonel is beside himself with joy, and as his faithful servants gather about him he exclaims: "Ah! my boy. He's the stuff. The name of Pickett is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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More attractive for what it suggests than for what it actually shows
21 February 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A study in the standards of honor maintained by some men and the cowardice of a son from whom much was expected. It is dramatic to the highest degree, and reaches its climax when the old colonel kills his son, drags his body to the battlefield and leaves it lying where appearances, at least, will be in the son's favor. It is one of those pictures of which adequate description is impossible and must be seen to be appreciated. Perhaps it is more attractive for what it suggests than for what it actually shows. The conception of honor so graphically portrayed here might not be the one which would appeal to everyone, but the sufferings of the father, which are faithfully depicted, are sufficient to create a feeling of deep sympathy for him; and may be those who sympathize with the father will agree that the son received more than he deserved, though the sense of justice is somewhat marred by the false appearance which the father placed upon his death by placing the body in a favorable position upon the battlefield. So many delicate questions are suggested by this picture that it promises to be popular, and to appeal strongly to very many people. - The Moving Picture World, February 5, 1910


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