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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
Francis J. Grandon ...
Confederate soldier
Joseph Graybill ...
Union soldier
Guy Hedlund ...
Black servant
Grace Henderson
Harry Hyde
Adolph Lestina ...
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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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Griffith and the Civil War
25 January 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

His Trust (1911)

**** (out of 4)

A Union soldier goes to fight in the Civil War and asks his black servant George (Wilfred Lucas) to take care of his wife and children. After the soldier dies the servant must do everything he can to keep the family strong. I think this here is one of Griffith's strongest shorts and I'd add that I also think this film shows black in the most positive way of any early film I've seen. The debate on the blacks being in blackface could go on and on but Griffith worked from his own group actors. I think the film is incredibly strong story and action wise. The battle sequences aren't the biggest that the director handled in his career but they are still full of excitement and wonder. I think their greatest aspect is how realistic they are. The story itself is a quite touching one as the servant must do whatever he can to protect the family since he gave his word to do so. Loyalty and love are subjects Griffith would tackle many times but the special detail here really makes this movie stick out among the five-hundred plus that he made.


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