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At the Altar (1909)

At the Italian boarding house the male boarders were all smitten with the charms of Minnie, the landlady's pretty daughter, but she was of a poetic turn of mind and her soul soared above ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

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D.W. Griffith
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Credited cast:
Marion Leonard ... Minnie - the Daughter
Charles Inslee ... Grigo - the Suitor
Barry O'Moore ... Giuseppe Cassella (as Herbert Yost)
David Miles ... The Father
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... The Mother
Dorothy West ... Minnie's Friend / Dinner Guest
Herbert Prior ... The Priest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson
Clara T. Bracy Clara T. Bracy
Kate Bruce
John R. Cumpson ... Dinner Guest
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... Dinner Guest
Charles Gorman Charles Gorman
D.W. Griffith
Robert Harron ... Boy on Street
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At the Italian boarding house the male boarders were all smitten with the charms of Minnie, the landlady's pretty daughter, but she was of a poetic turn of mind and her soul soared above plebeianism and her aspirations were romantic. Most persistent among her suitors was Grigo, a coarse Sicilian, whose advances were odiously repulsive. The arrival at the boarding house from the old country of Giuseppe Cassella, the violinist, filled the void in her yearning heart. Romantic, poetic and a talented musician, Giuseppe was indeed a desirable husband for Minnie. All this, of course, filled Grigo with bitter hatred and he vows vengeance, which you may be sure he will work with extreme subtlety. All preparations are made for the wedding, and when the day arrives Grigo is ready for it. He has contrived an infernal machine with a pistol so arranged that its explosion means death to anyone standing in front of it. The little church is decorated in honor of the affair and Grigo, with subterfuge, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

На алтаре See more »

Filming Locations:

Edgewater, New Jersey, USA

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

At the Altar (1909)

** (out of 4)

A man gets rejected by a woman and he plans revenge. He learns of her wedding day and sets up a device to go off at the alter, killing her. He then takes his own life but in his suicide note he tells of his plan. A cop rushes off to try and save the day. This is a pretty bland short from Griffith, although he does manage to get a little suspense through his editing at the end.

You can find this short on Grapevine's D.W. Griffith: The Director series.


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