A young murderer, Jacques Delur, after depositing the body of his victim, a young girl, on the bed in one of the rooms of the rectory, goes to Father Beauclaire and confesses. While he is ... See full summary »

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A young murderer, Jacques Delur, after depositing the body of his victim, a young girl, on the bed in one of the rooms of the rectory, goes to Father Beauclaire and confesses. While he is on his knees confessing his crime, he sticks a dagger in the cowl of the priest's garb. After having received absolution, he retires from the room, and on reaching the exterior of the rectory, calls two gendarmes to whom he hastily explains that a murder has been committed. Jacques accuses the priest of the murder, giving as evidence the bloody dagger in the cowl of the priest's garb, and leading the gendarmes and the priest to the room where the body of the dead girl lay. The priest is tried and sentenced to death is excommunicated, and rather than betray the confessional, goes to his death on the guillotine. A year later, in a dilapidated house, Jacques is found surrounded only by the empty brandy and absinthe bottles, and a French woman with him, whom he has requested to send for a priest, so that... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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25 May 1912 (USA)  »

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Reported to be historically true
19 November 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A picture reported to be historically true and to have been related by Cardinal Gibbons. It is an adventure of a priest, Father Beauclaire, played by Hal Reid, and set in some southern land, perhaps France. He is sentenced to death for a murder and keeps silent, although the culprit had confessed to him. By his superiors in the church he is, the leader says, excommunicated, and dies rather than reveal the secret of the confessional. Later, retribution comes to the scoundrel. The workmanship shown by this picture throughout is of high grade and is very impressive. The photography is very good. - The Moving Picture World, June 1, 1912


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