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Swords and Hearts (1911)

 -  Drama | Short | War  -  28 August 1911 (USA)
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A poor girl is secretly in love with a wealthy young planter. During the Civil War she helps him escape capture by Union soldiers. After the war, with his fortune gone, she confesses that she loves him.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Wilfred Lucas ...
Hugh Frazier
Claire McDowell ...
Irene Lambert
Dorothy West ...
Jenny Baker
William J. Butler ...
Old Ben
Charles West ...
The Suitor
Francis J. Grandon ...
Jennie's Father
Verner Clarges ...
Hugh's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce ...
At Lambert House
...
At Frazier House / Bushwacker
Frank Evans ...
Bushwacker
Guy Hedlund ...
At Frazier House / Union Soldier
Florence La Badie ...
Undetermined Role
J. Jiquel Lanoe ...
Union Soldier / Bushwacker
Charles Hill Mailes ...
Bushwacker
W. Chrystie Miller
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A poor girl is secretly in love with a wealthy young planter. During the Civil War she helps him escape capture by Union soldiers. After the war, with his fortune gone, she confesses that she loves him.

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Griffith and the Civil War
25 January 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Swords and Hearts (1911)

*** (out of 4)

A poor girl (Dorothy West) is secretly in love with her rich neighbor (Wilfred Lucas) but he's in love with another woman. He goes off to fight in the war but soon finds himself being chased by Union soldiers but the poor girl comes to his aid. After the war the boy returns home to see that his riches are now gone. Once again Griffith ventures into Civil War territory but at the same time he also gives his morality play about the rich. It's rather amazing to see how many of Griffith's shorts were attacking the rich but its done so with nice detail here. West delivers a very strong performance in the lead and Lucas comes off quite nice as well. There's no big battle scenes but most of the drama comes from one sequence where the Union soldiers burn down the house of the rich boy. Griffith was known for pushing his actors into dangerous situations and this looks like one of those cases. I'm not sure what type of safety procedures were taken but it looks like the two actors are in the burning house way too long and just barely escape. Also, as with His Trust and His Trust Fulfilled, Griffith shows the importance to the black servants helping their owners.


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