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The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' ()


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Prevented from dating his sweetheart by his uncle, a young man turns his thoughts to murder.

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The Nephew
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The Uncle
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The Nephew's Sweetheart
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The Italian
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The Detective
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The Maid
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The Grocery Boy
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(as George A. Berranger)
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The Sweetheart's Mother (uncredited)
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The Detective (uncredited)
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The Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by

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D.W. Griffith

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Edgar Allan Poe ... (stories The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart) (poem "Annabel Lee")
 
D.W. Griffith ... ()

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D.W. Griffith ... producer

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G.W. Bitzer ... (uncredited)

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James Smith ... (uncredited)
Rose Smith ... (uncredited)

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Karl Brown ... camera operator

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Plot Summary

Thwarted by his despotic uncle from continuing his love affair, a young man turns to thoughts of murder. Experiencing a series of visions, he sees murder as a normal course of events in life and kills his uncle. Tortured by his conscience, his future sanity is uncertain as he is assailed by nightmarish visions of what he has done. Written by Doug Sederberg

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Also Known As
  • The Murderer's Conscience (United States)
  • The Telltale Heart (United States)
  • La conciencia vengadora (Spain)
  • A bosszúálló lelkiismeret (Hungary)
  • Du maa ikke ihjelslaa (Denmark)
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  • 78 min
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Movie Connections Featured in Kingdom of Shadows (1998). See more »
Quotes Intertitle: She fears something more than mere mental derangement.
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