While their degenerate descendant sleeps, ancestral portraits come alive and admonish him.





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Cast overview:
Wadsworth Harris ...
The Duke of Rutland
The Sleeping Descendant of the Duke
Margery Bonney Erskine ...
The Duchess of Rutland (as Mrs. Wallace Erskine)
Bessie Learn
Harry B. Eytinge ...
The Money Lender (as Harry Eytinge)
Herbert Prior ...
The Admiral Ancestor
Walter Edwin ...
The Warrior Ancestor
The Statesman Ancestor


As an old duke lies on his deathbed, he pleads with his son and heir to live a life worthy of the family name. But the young duke soon disregards these words, and lives a life of gambling and carousing, paid for with borrowed money. One evening, he forges his mother's signature on a check to repay his debts, then pauses in front of a set of portraits of his ancestors. When he dozes off, he dreams about what his illustrious forbears would say to him. Written by Snow Leopard

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Drama | Short





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7 January 1913 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Edison Company production number 7216. See more »


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Interesting Visual Effects
18 August 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The interesting visual effects are the main reason to watch this short drama, which takes a relatively familiar plot idea and uses it to set up a lengthy sequence of camera tricks. The story itself is the kind of morality play that was very common in short features of the early 1910s, with Marc McDermott as the main character contributing a solid performance.

McDermott plays an irresponsible young Duke who, in a desperate moment, has a dream in which he is confronted by a series of his illustrious ancestors. The dream sequence is quite ambitious in its length and scale, combining a number of camera tricks at once to create the overall effect of the young duke's dream.

It has some rough edges, and there are other special effects movies of the era that created similar effects a bit more smoothly, but it is a solid enough job given its resources.

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