Murdock, a mediocre actor, is nearing the end of his career. All his life he has had the ambition to play the part of Richelieu. He is now, in his old age, playing a small part with Edwin ... See full summary »

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Frank Clark ...
Richard Murdock - an Old Actor (as Frank Clarke)
Al W. Filson ...
Edwin Irving
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Henry Otto ...
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Murdock, a mediocre actor, is nearing the end of his career. All his life he has had the ambition to play the part of Richelieu. He is now, in his old age, playing a small part with Edwin Irving, a star who is impersonating the great Cardinal Richelieu. Old Murdock's memory is beginning to fall him, and his heart has had "spells." He fails to turn up on time at rehearsal one day, and when he does get there, he can't recall his lines. A repetition of this sort o£ thing occurs, and he is discharged. He falls asleep in the "extra" dressing-room and dreams be is playing Richelieu. The other players dress for the street and depart. The electric lights are turned off. The old janitor comes around with a lantern to lock up. He discovers Murdock and throws him out. The old actor, bewildered and with his dreams still vividly before him, wanders back to the theater, gains entrance to the deserted stage through a coal chute, gets into the star's dressing-room, dons the Richelieu costume, turns ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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5 May 1913 (USA)  »

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It makes a good, interesting offering
3 September 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

An old story done in pictures; it makes a good, interesting offering. In the story, the actor is described as playing in Hamlet. He is found to be too old to play the grave digger and is discharged; but comes back at night, puts on Hamlet's robes and dies on the throne. This makes very appropriate the quotation. "After this is silence." The picture makes the drama "Richelieu," and, even in this, the quotation is not very much out of place; but we think that the story was better as first told. This old actor is played well by Frank Clark and he is ably supported by Bessie Eyton, H.W. Otto, T. Santschi and W. Hutchinson. Colin Campbell is author and producer. - The Moving Picture World, May 17, 1913


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