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The Miracle (1912)

A child born to Haroun al Rashid, the caliph, and his beloved wife, Abbasah, dies shortly after its birth and Abbasah loses her reason. The royal physician, the high priest, the palace poet... See full summary »

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Mousali - a Poor Woman
Herbert Barry ...
Haroun al Rashid - the Caliph (as Herbert L. Barry)
Tefft Johnson ...
The Grand Vizir
James R. Waite ...
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Abbasah, the Caliph's Wife
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A child born to Haroun al Rashid, the caliph, and his beloved wife, Abbasah, dies shortly after its birth and Abbasah loses her reason. The royal physician, the high priest, the palace poet and musician, are all consulted, to aid in the restoration of her reason, but all to no purpose. Mousali, a young and beautiful woman, poverty-stricken, deserted and friendless, sees nothing but starvation for her and her babe. She prays to the Most High to help her in her distress. She goes to the palace with her babe clasped to her breast, and passing the window on which the caliph's attendants have placed his dead child, she overhears Abbasah, its mother, praying and beseeching her God to restore her babe to life, and give her the hope which she had so cherished, to retain the love of her husband. Mousali, with fear and trembling, takes her dead child, and puts her own living one in its place. Dashing away with the lifeless infant, she disappears. Abbasah sees the living babe. She lifts it to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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29 July 1912 (USA)  »

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The picture has been lavishly put on
7 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

A story of that famous adventurer, Haroun al Rashid, the Caliph of Bagdad. Miss Leah Baird plays the lead in it; is in fact the only truly effective figure in the picture. She plays a poor mother whose baby is starving and who places her living child on the bier of the Caliph's dead heir. The queen is bent down, praying to the Most High to restore his life to her darling and doesn't see the transposition. She thinks a miracle has been performed. The picture has been lavishly put on and has very good Oriental atmosphere. It is not without imperfections; but the pathetic situation of the poor mother is clearly drawn, and Miss Baird acts it very well indeed. We notice also in the picture H. L. Barry, the Caliph; Tefft Johnson, the vizier; J. R. Waite, the physician; H. T. Morey, the priest; Miss Helen Gardner, the queen. Mr. Morrison, Miss Lillian Walker and others have lesser parts. The first is a musician; the others are graceful dancers, etc. It was written by Chas. L. Gaskill and produced by Wm. V. Ranous. - The Moving Picture World, August 10, 1912


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