This 1914 drama starring the popular actress, Alice Joyce, was produced by the Kalem Company and sadly now remains a lost film. I have found an original film review to share with the reader.
Moving Picture World, February 14, 1914 - This is a most ambitious and altogether creditable effort to produce a famous French play in films. The effort is on the whole successful. The spectacular effects are very strong, well conceived and well executed, while the settings are superb throughout. The pictures were made in Florida, but the scenes are so well and artistically chosen that one is, throughout, reminded of La Belle France.
In the course of the action scenes from the battle of Fontenoy are introduced. They afford eloquent testimony of the gigantic progress that has been made in the reproduction of historic battles. The situations in this feature are at times very tense. Indeed, the story was originally written for the legitimate stage and is said to have had a remarkable run in France. The acting is up to the true Kalem standard. Alice Joyce, who never fails to grace and adorn the picture in which she appears, has a comparatively small part but displays her best skill in the rendition of it. The plot, woven by a practiced hand, grows more interesting not to say mystifying as the action advances, and this surely is a good test of its quality.
The story told in outline is as follows: Jean Renaud, a soldier in the French army, is married to Madeline Renaud, a foster-sister of the Duchess d'Aubeterre. Madeline, on her marriage to Jean, has received a precious locket as a wedding present from her noble foster-sister. Jean Renaud is called to the front and his company takes part in the battle of Fontenoy. Count De Mornay, a nobleman, has been exiled by the king. His life is in danger and he decides upon a hasty flight. Before leaving he places his infant daughter in the care of the Chanoinesse of the College d'Hyereo. On his flight the Count De Mornay is caught between the fires of the two contending armies at Fontenoy and falls mortally wounded from his horse. A hyena of the battlefield seeks to rob him, but is frightened away by Renaud, who comforts the dying moments of the Count. The latter gives him his purse as a reward and asks him to preserve for the future heir of the house the jewels and papers of the House of Mornay. Renaud accepts the mission and steals away from his command to place the papers and jewels in the are of his wife. Lazare, the foiled hyena of the battlefield, has seen all and follows Renaud to his home. Renaud delivers the precious objects to his wife commanding her to keep them sacredly against his return and then hurries back to his place in the ranks. Lazare steals into Renaud's house and demands the jewels and papers. Madeline, though no match for the burly villain, refuses and resists. Her cries of help are heard by her five year old daughter who jumping out of her bed, rushes to the door of her room and joins in the cries of her mother. The villain under horrible threats compels the mother to quiet the girl by saying: "Keep still, your papa is with me." The child then keeps quiet and the villain renews his demands for the jewels. A struggle ensues and Lazare stabs the unfortunate Madeline to death. The next moment the child enters and sees her mother dead on the floor. She is disconsolate and as the neighbors arrive, attracted by her cries, she tells them that "papa was the last person with mama." Renaud in the meantime has captured a British standard in the battle of Fontenoy and has been commended in the ranks for his bravery. A few moments later a magistrate appears from Renaud's native village, accompanied by little Adrienne. Renaud is accused of murder and his little daughter unwittingly is the most damning witness against him. A kindhearted Irish sergeant assumes the care of Adrienne, while poor Renaud is condemned to serve in the galleys for life. Adrienne is adopted by the Duchess d'Aubeterre and her life is under this black shadow of her father's supposed crime. Lazare, the villain, how thinks the time is ripe to claim the estates of Mornay, whose exile has been revoked by a royal order. Lazare seems to triumph until confronted by the Chanoinesse of the College d'Hyereo. The Chanoinesse remembered Count De Mornay and she exposes the impostor. The locket on the bosom of little Adrienne establishes her identity. She recognizes in the wretched convict, who is allowed a little rest in the gardens of the d'Aubeterres, her own father. The guilt of Lazare is then discovered and everything ends very happily.
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