Oscar, a young lieutenant of the German army, is stopping in a French town getting information. He is passing as a young musician and lodging with Pierre Lenoir. He cultivates a great ... See full summary »

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Francois Vian, an Old Musician
Earle Williams ...
Lt. Oscar Mulbach, a German Spy
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Pierre le Noir, Vian's Neighbor
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Oscar, a young lieutenant of the German army, is stopping in a French town getting information. He is passing as a young musician and lodging with Pierre Lenoir. He cultivates a great friendship with Francois Vian, an old 'cellist, firstly because it helps carry out his disguise and secondly, because he really is fond of music. He learns to like the old man very much. Rumors of a spy being in the town get about and Lenoir's suspicions are aroused. He confides his suspicions to his sister and shows her an offer of reward for the capture of the spy, which he hopes to gain. Oscar overhears him and flies the house. Lenoir gives the alarm and Oscar is pursued by the gendarmes and people. He takes refuge with Francois and prays to him to save him, confessing who he is. At first Francois is going to give him up, then their bond of musical fellowship is too strong for him. He hides the young German and assists him to escape. A year after the town is taken by the Germans. They invade Francois'... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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31 August 1912 (USA)  »

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The Bond of Music; or, The Old Musician  »

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The military scenes are perfect
29 January 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Generally speaking, there are three things that art, if it fails to treat reverently, does so at its peril. These three are religion (anybody's religion), love and patriotism. In this picture, the "bond of music" and the love of a musician for his favorite pupil count more with the old master than his patriotic duty to his country. His pupil was a spy. It was just before the Franco-Prussian war. He helps this pupil to elude the authorities and in later scenes the pupil comes back at the head of an invading army which destroys the city. The picture, except for this weakness, if in this case it is one, is very well done, in fact is tremendous. The military scenes are perfect. The destruction of the city seems very real. - The Moving Picture World, September 14, 1912


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