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A Red Cross Martyr; or, On the Firing Lines of Tripoli (1912)

Lieutenant Troyano, a young Italian officer, bids his sweetheart, Marie Petrini, a fond farewell and then rushes to war. In reading a detailed newspaper account of the battle, Marie sees an... See full summary »

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Lieutenant Troyano, a young Italian officer, bids his sweetheart, Marie Petrini, a fond farewell and then rushes to war. In reading a detailed newspaper account of the battle, Marie sees an appeal for Red Cross nurses. Leaving her luxurious home and arriving at Tripoli, she takes up the duties assigned to her. She is beloved by all who require her services, and as the Italian detachment is passing through one of the streets in Turkey, a bullet pierces her heart. When news of his sweetheart's death reaches the ears of Troyano (who was not aware of her doings), he almost succumbs to grief. He bathes her face with kisses and tears. The commanding general gives instructions to the army aviator to put the aeroplanes into play. Lieut. Troyano begs for and is granted permission to manipulate the aircraft. He drops bomb after bomb and soon has the city in ruins. Inspired with the desire to grapple hand in hand with those who took the life of his loved one, he descends nearer to earth. The ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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2 January 1912 (USA)  »

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The picture is a large one
17 July 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A tragic story which, in the main, gets across powerfully. Its scenes are laid in Tripoli and its hero, an Italian officer, and its heroine, an Italian gentlewoman, arc shown in the first scene as engaged. War is declared. The officer is ordered to the front. Later the girl volunteers as a Red Cross nurse. In the last scene, a military funeral, these two are lying together on a gun carriage, united in death. She had been shot down by the treacherous Arabs while attending the wounded. He came to his death while high above the Arab position in an aeroplane, hurling destruction down upon them. These scenes showing this are very effective. One would pick them out as Vitagraph scenes anywhere; they have the same quality that made the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" a fine picture. The picture is a large one, containing cavalry, infantry, artillery, etc., and also large numbers of Arabs. - The Moving Picture World, January 13, 1912


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