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18 December 1916 (USA) See more »
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A tale set during the 1916 Irish Easter Rebellion against the British | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Alice Joyce ... Mary 'Mar' O'Neil

Harry T. Morey ... Leslie St. George Leigh

Marc McDermott ... Sir Denis Esmond
Logan Paul ... O'Neil

Charles Kent ... Father McCarthy
Thomas R. Mills ... The King of England

Mary Maurice ... Lady Esmond
Bernard Siegel ... Carl (as Mr. Siegel)

Directed by
J. Stuart Blackton 
Herbert Brenon 
William P.S. Earle 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
J. Stuart Blackton 
Cyrus Townsend Brady 

Cinematography by
Clark R. Nickerson 
 
Film Editing by
Paul F. Maschke 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William P.S. Earle .... assistant director
 

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1.33 : 1 See more »
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The film contains the first portrayal of a reigning British monarch.See more »

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Lost Alice Joyce Silent, 12 July 2015
Author: Pamela Short from Canada

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This 1916 war/drama was Alice Joyce's first for the Vitagraph Company and sadly now remains a lost film. I have found an original film review to share with the reader.

Moving Picture World, December 23, 1916 The ominous call of war gives the Irish rebels and opportunity to prepare to strike for their freedom. One of the most diligent leaders is Sir Denis Esmond, who is prepared to lead the insurgents against England. Leslie St. George Leigh, a close friend of Esmond's and a true patriot of England, loses his eyesight while doing his duty in the North Sea. Mary O'Neil, a lovable little Irish lass, is loved by both Leigh and Esmond, and not realizing the cost she is heart and soul in the insurgents cause and refuses to give either her answer until Ireland shall be free. Thinking to allay suspicion, she allows Leigh to come to Castle O'Neil while convalescing. When an English officer comes to the castle, Leigh gives his word of honor that Esmond has not been there, for he does not know that he has returned from Germany. Later the Insurgents come in a body to the Castle for Esmond. Leigh speaks to Esmond until he is made to realize the cost, then addresses the rebels after getting Mary to give him, as she thinks, the English flag, but in reality she gives him the old Irish flag, fearing for his safety. He learns his mistake and signals to an English warship in the harbor for help. One of the insurgents learns of his trick and is about to assault him when Esmond intervenes and orders them to disperse. The soldiers arrive and the mob is dispersed after a struggle in which many are killed. Mary, coming from the Castle, learns the high cost which must be paid for rebellion when she sees the road scattered with wives and mothers crying over their soldier husbands who have fallen in the cause. Esmond is captured by the soldiers and tried as a traitor. After a time he is sentenced to be hung. Mary clings to his broken-hearted mother through the trouble, and with Leigh's aid they try to obtain a pardon for him. In vain they make their appeals and at last the despairing mother forces her way into the King's presence, Mary following fearfully. Here again her plea is ignored and it is not until General Ramsey, a close friend, intervenes that the pardon is granted and Esmond allowed to go free. Leigh, realizing that Esmond is now free and that his own affliction would make it impossible for him to ask Mary's hand in marriage, does his utmost to arrange the engagement, but he fails. Later he is given the Victoria Cross for his bravery and dutiful service to his country, but his final reward comes when Mary's love refuses to recognize his blindness and they are pledged to marry. The unselfish friendship of the men and their common love for the sweet Irish girl has made all things possible, and once more they stand together, stronger allied than before.

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