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A Faithful Servant (1913)

Count Guilio di Rossali, a young nobleman, visits Beppo, one of his father's old servants, who lives with his daughter Nina at the house of Pietro Veccio, a police spy. Beppo, not being ... See full summary »

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Count Guilio di Rossali, a young nobleman, visits Beppo, one of his father's old servants, who lives with his daughter Nina at the house of Pietro Veccio, a police spy. Beppo, not being aware that Pietro is a spy, allows him to overhear his conversation with di Rossali and obtains admission to a socialistic meeting. Pietro gives information to the police, with the result that a warrant is issued against the young nobleman, who is obliged to take flight from the country. He visits Beppo before leaving, and is again seen by Pietro. Nina refuses to listen to the suit of Pietro, who swears he will he revenged upon her. He informs the Police that Guilio had called upon Beppo, who is commanded to reveal his hiding-place. Beppo refuses to do so and as a result is condemned to penal servitude as an accomplice. As he is being taken into the prison, Nina denounces Pietro as an informer to the crowd at the gates, who at once vent their fury upon him. Pietro is dragged to the river and drowned ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The scenes were taken in Venice
20 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

This picture is one of those done by the Vitagraph Globe Trotters. The scenes were taken in Venice. Pietro, a police spy (James Young) desires to marry Nina (Clara Kimball Young) daughter of Beppo, a cobbler (Wm. V. Ranous). Nina loves Count Guilio (Maurice Costello), her father's landlord, and her love is returned. Pietro, under false colors of friendship, gets the Count to take him to a secret meeting of socialists. The count makes an incendiary speech and Pietro reports him to the police, and Guilio is ordered banished, but hides away. Pietro then demands Nina's hand from Beppo and when the old man refuses he has him put in prison for refusing to reveal Guilio's whereabouts. Nina makes a living selling flowers for three years, after which time there is a change of administration and the fugitive and prisoner are pardoned. The story is well told, considering the difficulties of making such a picture in a foreign country. There are several mob scenes, acted by Italians, that are well handled, as well as some bits between native characters and principals. The results of the scenes are remarkably smooth when one realizes that two languages were used in most of them. As a picture it is well able to hold its own in a program of others taken under more favorable circumstances. - The Moving Picture World, August 16, 1913


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