Poor farmer Durbeyfield has been told by the village parson that he has noble relatives : the D'Urbervilles. His wife decides to send their daughter Tess to them in order to make a claim on their family's ancestral home in Wessex. Alec D'Urberville, the son of the squire, gives the girl a job but he also seduces her. Tess is soon pregnant but the baby dies and Alec forsakes her. She later marries Angel, the son of a parson, but their marriage will not be a happy one... Written by
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles" had been Minnie Maddern Fiske
's greatest stage hit and had made her, according to some, "America's greatest actress" and the answer to France's Sarah Bernhardt
. The movie was also a big success but at nickelodeon prices it failed to return even Mrs. Fiske's 10,000 dollar advance. See more
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