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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 ...
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W. Chrystie Miller ...
A Priest
Francis J. Grandon ...
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Clara T. Bracy ...
In Parfumerie
William J. Butler ...
Aristocrat
Verner Clarges ...
Aristocrat
Charles Craig ...
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Edward Dillon ...
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Frank Evans ...
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Guy Hedlund ...
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Dell Henderson ...
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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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Scent of a Woman
12 November 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Stopping by Henry B. Walthall's "Parfumerie", Nobleman Francis J. Grandon finds himself attracted by the scent of a woman - it's Perfumer Walthall's young wife Florence Barker. Later, Mr. Grandon is unable to forget his attraction.. He thinks Ms. Barker is "formidable"; and, he invites her to an upcoming fete. Baker politely declines, claiming she has nothing to wear. Not one to take "non" for an answer, Grandon insists upon taking Barker out shopping. Baker is a woman who can't resist a new outfit; so, she goes off with her infatuated pursuer. Soon, she is dressed like a Queen, acting royal; and, she forgets poor husband Walthall. He tries to win her back, but is rebuked.

After his wife becomes the mistress of Noble Grandon, Walthall contemplates suicide; however, he is saved by a convenient priest. So, when the French Revolution begins, Walthall becomes one of its leaders, revolting against the aristocratic tyranny represented by those like the Nobleman who stole his wife. Soon, Walthall and his revolutionaries reach Barker and Grandon - what terrible revenge might Walthall seek?

In this "Story of the French Revolution", from director D.W. Griffith, New Jersey is dressed up as France, for an exciting outdoorsy finish. Walthall, in bushy eyebrows, excels; note how he smells a garment near the end, to confirm his wife's presence. As a story, "The Oath and the Man" fails to suspend a great amount of disbelief.

**** The Oath and the Man (9/22/10) D.W. Griffith ~ Henry B. Walthall, Florence Barker, Francis J. Grandon


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