Reliable authority states that nine million human lives were sacrificed through the zeal of fanatical reformers during the Christian epoch. Religious fanaticism was in most cases the cause,... See full summary »





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Credited cast:
Dorothy West ...
A Sea Child
Clara T. Bracy ...
The Sea Child's Mother
The Trapper
George Nichols ...
The Puritan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William J. Butler ...
Verner Clarges ...
Edward Dillon ...
A Puritan
Gladys Egan ...
Little Child
Frank Evans ...
Francis J. Grandon ...
Guy Hedlund ...
Arthur V. Johnson
Henry Lehrman ...
Marion Leonard
Charles Hill Mailes ...
Indian / Puritan


Reliable authority states that nine million human lives were sacrificed through the zeal of fanatical reformers during the Christian epoch. Religious fanaticism was in most cases the cause, still there were many victimized to satisfy a personal grudge, and this Biograph subject shows how easily such a crime can be perpetrated. Play upon the minds of a superstitions people and you may lead them blindly to any end. In 1692 the agitation was so great in Salem, Mass., that many people lost their self-possession, some even believing themselves to be witches. On the other hand, a number of the inhabitants moved away fear of being accused of being witches. There are many relics of those days still in existence at Salem, and while conditions are such as to prevent our using the actual spots, yet many of the scenes of the picture are closely contiguous to them, our company of players making the trip there for the purpose. The story tells of the old mother and her child living on the sea coast,... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Good but Not One of the Director's Best
22 January 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Rose O'Salem Town (1910)

*** (out of 4)

Typical morality tale has a Deacon coming onto a "wild child" (Dorothy West) but after she rejects him he goes back into town saying that the girl and her mother are witches. It's up to a trapper (Henry B. Walthall) to try and race and save them before they're burned to death. If you've seen enough Griffith films then you know that he held religion very highly and many films of his would deal with the subject. If you've seen enough of his work then you also know that he isn't afraid to show the bad sides of stuff and that's pretty much what he does here because the man in power, the religious guy, also has enough hate in him to seek revenge with a lie and using his power over people to talk them into believing whatever he says. That's pretty much the entire message here. This certainly isn't one of Griffith's best film but there are enough good moments to make it worth viewing and especially since it lasts just over 10-minutes and the director keeps things moving at a fast pace. West is pretty good as the wild child as she has no problem showing that free spirit that the character has. Walthall is pretty good as well, although God knows he would certainly get better over time. The supporting stock players include George Nichols, Clara T. Bracy and Jack Pickford plays one of the Indians. As we'd see in many of the director's famous features, the ending uses editing to build up suspense as the trapper must race to where the women are being held in order to save them.

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