In the period before the Civil War, a young man returns to his hometown of New Orleans after having been gone for a long time. He soon meets and falls in love with an "octoroon", a young ...
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In the period before the Civil War, a young man returns to his hometown of New Orleans after having been gone for a long time. He soon meets and falls in love with an "octoroon", a young woman who is one-eighth black. However, since the "one-drop" laws--anyone having as little as one drop of "Negro" blood in them is still considered black, and therefore subject to be sold as a slave--are still in effect, the girl is sold at auction and purchased by an evil and murderous overseer. The young man sets out to free his love from the clutches of the evil slaver. Written by
Dion Boucicault's well-remembered melodrama of passionate love and deep villainy, set in Louisiana before the war and filled with tremendous situations, is here picturized. It is in three reels and is very effectively done; will make a very acceptable offering. In many ways it goes ahead of the Vitagraph version, which was in two reels; it is more elaborate and the settings are much better, but further comparison would hardly be profitable. Both are excellent pictures; we happen to like the one we have just seen more and think it better. Those Southern home scenes in-doors are perfect, as are the outdoor scenes in the Southern woods. Then the boat fire (for the villain, McCloskey, sets the steamboat on fire in order to escape) is vividly suggested. But the whole picture is filled with fine things; is not greatly acted, but makes a very commendable offering. The photography is well nigh perfect. - The Moving Picture World, December 13, 1913
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