In the story of the Novice, a young Spanish Duke is shown as a boy of religious and ascetic nature, overwhelmed by the cares and weighty duties of state. His uncle, a scheming and crafty ... See full summary »

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Father Angelo
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Young Duke Ferdinand
Frank Clark ...
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Pedro
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Santo (as W.T. Santschi)
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Father Menlo
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Father de Shon
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Ogarita
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In the story of the Novice, a young Spanish Duke is shown as a boy of religious and ascetic nature, overwhelmed by the cares and weighty duties of state. His uncle, a scheming and crafty politician, who rules through him, using the sweet-natured boy as his tool, proves so overbearing and so overloads him with care, that he resolves to leave all his worldly pomp and take refuge in the arms of the Mother Church. He flies to the Franciscan Fathers, who put him upon probation for the usual period, and at his insistent desire make him a novice. He lives quietly and at peace at last. But his uncle, realizing that his power is lost unless the young duke returns, tries to discredit him with the monks by having him forcibly abducted and detained in a cave on the seashore by a couple of bravados, who are his trusty henchmen. Ferdinand, by sawing loose his hands upon the sharp rocks of his cave prison, escapes, however, and returns, exhausted, to the monastery after a three-day's absence. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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15 June 1911 (USA)  »

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The story is slight and not very well conducted
20 February 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This is not a very satisfactory picture. It isn't up to Selig standard except in its photography and scenery. The background is Southern California, and its Franciscan missions, and is very beautiful. The story is slight and not very well conducted. The play seems to have been designed either to picture a deeply religious nature who throws off the claims of the external world for monasterial life, a hero indeed, or one who is weakly sensitive and flies from the world. The hero is a duke and has a government, as many Spanish dukes had. He wants to become a monk; his uncle, who rules through him, doesn't want him to, so uses villainous means to hinder him. The uncle, it is suggested, has power over him, but supposing the uncle succeeds in keeping the youth from the monastery, it would be a dumb wit that couldn't see through this uncle's wiles. If the uncle was on the paternal side and had legal authority over the young duke, one would think that he would jump for joy at having the boy take religious vows of celibacy. The story is not convincing on the one hand, and fails to make the duke seem heroic on the other. - The Moving Picture World, July 1, 1911


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