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The patriot Rory O'Moore, fleeing from the English soldiers, steals a moment with his sweetheart, Kathleen, who has been followed by Black William, the informer. Thus his hiding place is ... See full summary »

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Rory O'More (as Jack J. Clark)
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Black William
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The patriot Rory O'Moore, fleeing from the English soldiers, steals a moment with his sweetheart, Kathleen, who has been followed by Black William, the informer. Thus his hiding place is betrayed. Kathleen learns a price has been placed on Rory's head. Hearing an attempt will be made to capture him she warns him, and to gain time intercepts the redcoats. Closely pursued, Rory plunges into the water, with every chance of getting safely away, but hearing the call of a drowning soldier who has followed after him, Rory turns and swims to the man and aids him to gain the shore. The captain of the pursuers is for allowing Rory to go on his way, but Black William demands his arrest. Rory is imprisoned and later placed on trial. When asked to plead, he makes the well-known reply, "If to fight for Ireland be a crime, then I am guilty." The judge places the black cap upon his head and pronounces the death sentence. The good priest, Father O'Brien, however, has a plan. Marching to the gallows ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The O'Kalems
27 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Based on the story of the real-life 17th Century Irish rebel and the 18th century ballad about him, this one-reeler is one of the Kalem pictures shot by Olcott and his company on their second trip to the Emerald Isle. Kalem was a very adventurous production company and the following year would head over to Palestine to make what is arguably the first American feature, FROM THE MANGER TO THE CROSS.

However, while their productions were adventurous, their techniques were fairly stodgy. In a period when great advances were being made in story-telling techniques, this one sticks to the now antiquated "illustrated text" techniques and the acting is very broad. On the other hand, the camera-work is quite beautiful and the long chase sequence that starts the show is a series of beautiful compositions. Still, they pall fairly rapidly and by the end of the movie, it's far too much.


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