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His Trust: The Faithful Devotion and Self-Sacrifice of an Old Negro Servant (1911)

 -  Short | Drama | War  -  16 January 1911 (USA)
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A Confederate officer is called off to war. He leaves his wife and daughter in the care of George, his faithful Negro servant. After the officer is killed in an exciting battle sequence, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Wilfred Lucas ...
George
Dell Henderson ...
Col. Frazier
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Col. Frazier's wife
Edith Haldeman ...
The Fraziers' child
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Linda Arvidson
Dorothy Bernard
Kate Bruce
Adele DeGarde
Gladys Egan
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Confederate soldier
Joseph Graybill ...
Union soldier
Guy Hedlund ...
Black servant
Grace Henderson
Harry Hyde
Adolph Lestina ...
Black servant / Confederate soldier
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A Confederate officer is called off to war. He leaves his wife and daughter in the care of George, his faithful Negro servant. After the officer is killed in an exciting battle sequence, George continues in his caring duties, faithful to his trust. Events continue to turn for the worse when invading Yankee soldiers arrive to loot and torch the widow's home. George saves the officer's daughter and battle sword by braving the flames. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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His Master's Voice
19 August 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Subtitled "The faithful devotion and self-sacrifice of an old Negro servant", this early film portends the director D.W. Griffith's future "Birth of a Nation". When the Civil War breaks out, Confederate Del Henderson goes into battle, leaving his wife (Claire McDowell) and daughter in the hands of their beloved slaves. Patriarch of the household slaves is George (Wilfred Lucas); among other things, he plays "horsey" with the child by letting her ride on his back. When Yankees try to burn down the Master's house, George must spring into action. However intentioned, "His Trust" is a racist film. The loyal slaves are played by white actors in "black-face" makeup, and they look ridiculous. Didn't Griffith know any real "People of Color"; or, he didn't think they could act? Weren't there any darker skinned people in the USA who could play these roles?

** His Trust (1/16/11) D.W. Griffith ~ Wilfred Lucas, Claire McDowell, Dell Henderson


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