REEL ONE: Diane Eleanor De Vaudrey secretly marries a man beneath her. A child is born, Louise, the blind girl. Diane's father kills her husband and forces her to marry the Count de ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henriette (orphan)
Louise (as Winnifred Greenwood)
Thomas Carrigan ...
Chevalier Maurice De Vaudrey (as T.J. Carrigan)
Count de Linieres, Minister of Police
Countess de Linieres
Marienne, an outcast (as Adrienne Krowell)
La Frochard, The Hag (as Lyllian Brown Leighton)
James O'Burrell ...
Pierre Frochard, the cripple
Picard - Valet to the Chevalier
Rex De Rosselli ...
Marquis de Preales (as Rex Rosselli)
William Stowell ...
La Fleur (as Will Stowell)
Thomas Commerford ...
Antoine (as Tom I. Comberford)
Louis Fierce ...
Officer of the Guard


REEL ONE: Diane Eleanor De Vaudrey secretly marries a man beneath her. A child is born, Louise, the blind girl. Diane's father kills her husband and forces her to marry the Count de Linieres, who remains ignorant of Louise's existence. Louise is placed in the keeping of a peasant woman who has a child of her own, Henriette. Eighteen years later, the peasant woman dies and the two orphans start for Paris. The day they arrive in Paris, the Marquis de Preales notices Henriette and decides to kidnap her. Henriette rescues Marianne, an outcast, from suicide. Henriette is abducted by the Marquis. Marianne, in order to escape from Jacques Frochard, surrenders to the Gendarmes. Louise, left alone, starts toward the river and is saved from falling into the water by Pierre Frochard. a brother of Jacques. La Frochard, an old woman beggar, lives with her two sons. Louise now falls into their hands. The Marquis has brought Henriette to a garden fete, given in honor of the Chevalier. Henriette ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The Story That Never Grows Old


Short | Drama





Release Date:

25 September 1911 (USA)  »

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Kate Claxton's Two Orphans  »

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1.33 : 1
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A print of this film survives in the Wisconsin Centre for Film and Theatre Research Film Collection. See more »


Remade as Two Orphans (1942) See more »

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Everyone who sees these films run off will admire the acting
12 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Selig's massive production of "The Two Orphans," in three reels, will be released September 25, 26 and 27. The drama has been enacted by the Eastern company under Producer Turner's direction. At a private exhibition of the films, I was impressed with the variety and magnitude of the settings, which, I understand, occupied the stage carpenter and his force tor many weeks. The Pont Neuf is viewed as a seemingly substantial structure, with the waters of the Seine flowing and rippling under it. The garden in the demesne of the Marquis De Preales, at Belair, showing the gay crowd of revelers and the midnight duel scene, is a splendid spectacle. The gloomy, spacious interior of the Salpetriere prison is another realistic scene, as is also the interior of the old boat house on the Seine, in which the blind Louise is held prisoner by the hag, La Frochard. Another scene which merits special mention, because of the atmosphere it conveys, is that of the French village, near the home of Henriette and Louise. On the morning of their departure for the great city the quiet street is awakened into life. Quaint vehicles and rustics pass by in convoy, and a flock of geese, which has evidently been diverted from the homeward path by the unusual sight, is chased across the square by the boy keeper. The interior views of the city mansion of the Count De Linieres will also bear close scrutiny in their designs and furnishings. One is chiefly impressed, however, by the fine characterizations offered by the members of the Selig Company in these films. The acting of all the principals is worthy of high praise. The two orphans, Henriette and Louise, are in the capable charge of Miss Kathlyn Williams and Miss Winnifred Greenwood respectively. In the garden scene at Belair, where Henriette is at the mercy of the brutal Marquis, Miss Williams sustains the role with commanding dignity. Indeed, in all the situations in which she appears, her acting is consistent and convincing. A pretty bit of realistic acting, small in itself, but of much artistic value where painstaking detail is necessary, is done by Miss Greenwood when, as the blind Louise, she rushes back up the steps of the Pont Neuf in search of her kidnapped sister. That stumble and fall make the scene thoroughly natural. Miss Myrtle Stedman, in the role of the Countess de Linieres, shows that she is an accomplished actress in society parts. The La Frochard of Miss Lillian Leighton is such an envenomed old creature that one sometimes almost forgets that it is only acting. Miss Adrienne Krowell will create great waves of sympathy for Marianne, the outcast, a part sustained by her with nice discretion. The Jacques of Leighton Stark, in conception, interpretation and makeup, is a compelling ruffian. Pierre, his crippled brother, is pathetically sustained by James O. Burrell. Everyone who sees these films run off will admire the acting of Tom J. Carrigan, as the Chevalier, and of Charles Clary, as the Count De Linieres. Of splendid physique and commanding stage presence, each of these gentlemen compel attention. The sword duel between the Chevalier and the Marquis De Preales is no tame affair, as anyone who knows anything about fencing can see at a glance. It is the most realistic I have seen for a long time. The costuming of the characters has been attended to with praiseworthy supervision. The garden party at Belair presents a scene of sartorial elegance. The smoothness of the acting and the intensity of the action throughout bear testimony to painstaking rehearsals under Producer Turner's eye. "The Two Orphans" is a triumph for the Selig Polyscope Company and will go down in moving picture history as one of the big successes, scored by the silent drama. It illustrates in a remarkable manner how the moving picture can convey the story and plot of a drama, the motives governing the various characters, their loves and hatreds, their crimes and follies, all so convincingly that the spectator's mind is held in thrall. And in scenic investiture one is led through the very places and spots where the plot has been laid, breathing their very atmosphere and taking in their sights and sounds. - The Moving Picture World, September 23, 1911

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