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Rose o' Salem Town (1910)

Reliable authority states that nine million human lives were sacrificed through the zeal of fanatical reformers during the Christian epoch. Religious fanaticism was in most cases the cause,... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


Emmett C. Hall




Credited cast:
Dorothy West ... A Sea Child
Clara T. Bracy Clara T. Bracy ... The Sea Child's Mother
Henry B. Walthall ... The Trapper
George Nichols ... The Puritan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... Judge
Verner Clarges Verner Clarges ... Judge
Edward Dillon ... A Puritan
Gladys Egan ... Little Child
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... Judge
Francis J. Grandon Francis J. Grandon ... Captor
Guy Hedlund ... Indian
Arthur V. Johnson
Henry Lehrman ... Captor
Marion Leonard
Charles Hill Mailes ... Indian / Puritan


Reliable authority states that nine million human lives were sacrificed through the zeal of fanatical reformers during the Christian epoch. Religious fanaticism was in most cases the cause, still there were many victimized to satisfy a personal grudge, and this Biograph subject shows how easily such a crime can be perpetrated. Play upon the minds of a superstitions people and you may lead them blindly to any end. In 1692 the agitation was so great in Salem, Mass., that many people lost their self-possession, some even believing themselves to be witches. On the other hand, a number of the inhabitants moved away fear of being accused of being witches. There are many relics of those days still in existence at Salem, and while conditions are such as to prevent our using the actual spots, yet many of the scenes of the picture are closely contiguous to them, our company of players making the trip there for the purpose. The story tells of the old mother and her child living on the sea coast,... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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witchcraft | melodrama | 1600s | See All (3) »


Short | Drama







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26 September 1910 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De roos van Salem See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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Religious Idiocy
4 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The city of Salem, Massachusetts will be forever known as the place they tried and executed witches. I don't know if this is the locale. It's certainly the inspiration. The evil deacon wants to get his hands on a child he finds attractive. Her mother is a wonder, helping the sick and telling a few fortunes. She has the evil deck of 52. When the girl won't go for the guy, he accuses both of them of being witches. Of course, he is immediately believed. The mother is tortured and the girl is eventually set to be burned at the stake. While the conclusion is really stupid, it reminds us of the evils that Christianity, in the name of "right," has foisted on the world. Even today, in 2017, so much of organized religion is used as a weapon to destroy the lives of the defenseless. It is a sad state of affairs and appears to be getting worse every day.

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