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The Oath and the Man (1910)

Before the revolution in France the nobility exercised a most despotic rule over the peasants, subjecting them to abject slavery. Not only did they suffer pecuniary oppression, but their ... See full summary »

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Henri Prevost
Florence Barker ...
Madame Prevost
W. Chrystie Miller ...
A Priest
Francis J. Grandon ...
A Nobleman
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Elmer Booth ...
Aristocrat
Clara T. Bracy ...
In Parfumerie
William J. Butler ...
Aristocrat
Verner Clarges ...
Aristocrat
Charles Craig ...
Aristocrat
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Aristocrat
Edward Dillon ...
Rebel
Frank Evans ...
Rebel
Guy Hedlund ...
Rebel
Dell Henderson ...
Aristocrat
Arthur V. Johnson
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Before the revolution in France the nobility exercised a most despotic rule over the peasants, subjecting them to abject slavery. Not only did they suffer pecuniary oppression, but their humble households were invaded and defiled by the noble profligates. Henri Provost, a perfumer, receives a call from his landlord in quest of some perfume. During his visit this nobleman is attracted by Henri's pretty young wife. Her beauty so enthralls him that he, during her husband's absence, exercises his presumed rights, and invites, or rather commands her to attend his house fete. Here he dresses her in finery and promises to make a great lady of her, so that when her husband, who finding whither she had gone, bursts into the palace, she denies him. The heartbroken perfumer at first would return to the palace and in vengeance murder both his wife and the nobleman, but the old priest stays him, by showing him the crucifix, the emblem of Christian charity and making him swear he would never kill ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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22 September 1910 (USA)  »

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Good Griffith short
20 June 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Oath and the Man, The (1910)

*** (out of 4)

Griffith short has Henry B. Walthall playing a perfume shop owner who one days gets a visit from a French Nobleman. The Nobleman smells a lovely young woman's scent and invites her to a party but this woman just happens to be the owner's wife. The wife goes with the Nobleman but the husband doesn't do anything until the French Revolution comes around and he sees his shot at revenge. This is a pretty good short that once again shows a top-notch director doing great work. Griffith does a great job a building up suspense and this leads to a very fun ending. There were a lot of extras used for the small battle scenes and if you look close enough you can spot Jack Pickford. Walthall turns in another very good performance as well.


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