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The Defender of the Name (1912)

John Potter is the son of one of the most distinguished and courageous families in old Virginia. The stirring news that Sumter had been fired upon volleys its pregnant purport into the ... See full summary »
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John Potter is the son of one of the most distinguished and courageous families in old Virginia. The stirring news that Sumter had been fired upon volleys its pregnant purport into the homes of the South. John volunteers to serve. In the red rays of the setting sun, disguised as a Union soldier, John starts on his mission of securing the Union forces' plans. As he steals through the Union lines he comes upon a squad of Union soldiers, and in their midst a Confederate spy. A sharp order and from the barrels of twelve guns the prisoner's punishment is meted out to him. Like a blow it dawns upon John that, if detected, that would be his fate. His courage fails him and he turns toward the Confederate lines. He runs to his home, and bursts in upon his sister, who alone is awake. A few brief words and she knows all. The boy, desperate in his shame, runs into another room; there is a muffled shot, a thin wreath of smoke tells its grim tale. She determines to accomplish her brother's mission,... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 January 1912 (USA)  »

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It is not a convincing story, in spite of its being very well acted
11 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

A war-time picture some of whose scenes have more than usual grace and charm. These are mostly well-lighted and well-staged interiors. It is not a convincing story, in spite of its being very well acted; but there are in it some emotional moments. A Southern officer is sent on a dangerous mission, but becomes panic-stricken and takes refuge in his home. His sister (Miss Leonard) tries to waken in him some sense of duty, but he is so crazy that he goes into the next room and commits suicide. The girl goes across into the enemy's lines, gets the information needed (it is a paper) and then, placing it in her dead brother's hand, drags him out where the sentries will find him. She thus defends the name from shame. The photographs are excellent, the film of full length and it will make a feature. It should be advertised as Miss Marion Leonard's picture. - The Moving Picture World, February 24 1912


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