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A minstrel troupe is embarking for a tour of the South. Henry Clay, a negro appears on the scene wearing the frayed coat of a Confederate General. He borrows a guitar from one of the ... See full summary »

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William Stowell ...
Will de Weaver
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Emily - Will's Wife (as Miss Johnstone)
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Farley - Emily's Brother
Thomas Flynn ...
Henry Clay
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Belle
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Belle's Father
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The Federal Captain (as Lafayette McKee)
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A minstrel troupe is embarking for a tour of the South. Henry Clay, a negro appears on the scene wearing the frayed coat of a Confederate General. He borrows a guitar from one of the minstrel men and begins singing "Way down South in Dixie," and the story unfolds. It opens coincident with the Civil War. The mistress at the old plantation sends Clay with a note to give to Belle at the next plantation. In response Belle returns and meets her lover Fairley, the brother of the mistress, while William, an older man, is revealed as the suitor of the hostess. It turns out in the course of a foxhunt that "William was a gay deceiver." Then comes the South in the saddle and the war. The mistress dies of a broken heart and Belle is left lonely. Fairley goes on secret service as a spy and writes Belle a farewell note. William, who is shown as conscience-stricken, rushes back to war duty. A battle results in William's capture, and he is taken North to prison accompanied by the faithful Clay. They ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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16 April 1913 (USA)  »

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Carries a thread of pleasing sentiment
1 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

A picture illustrating the words of the South's famous song. It has not been made dramatic, but carries a thread of pleasing sentiment that holds the attention. It might have been done better, for it shows little real atmosphere of the South and the scenes seem bare; the whole might have been made in the studio and in a back yard or two in Chicago, with the one exception of the view of the old Mississippi steamboat at its mooring. The acting is only fair, the photography is not always clear, and the action is not at all times convincing. It was produced by H. Kirkland from the script of G. Willets. William Stowell plays "Will de weaver," and Winnifred Greenwood plays "Belle," Miss Johnston plays Will's wife, who dies when she finds that he is "a gay deceiver." Jack Nelson plays her brother, who in the end marries Belle. - The Moving Picture World, May 3, 1913


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