The Drive for a Life (1909)

Harry's jealous former mistress puts poison in some candy intended for his new fiancée. Harry discovers what she has done, and races to save his fiancée before she eats the candy.


D.W. Griffith


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Arthur V. Johnson ... Harry Walker
Marion Leonard ... Madame Lebrun
Florence Lawrence ... Mignon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ... One of Mignon's Sisters
Robert Harron ... Messenger
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... Mignon's Mother
Mary Pickford
Gertrude Robinson ... One of Mignon's Sisters / The Maid
Dorothy West ... One of Mignon's Sisters


Harry Walker, a wealthy young business man, had been carrying on for some time a flirtation with Mme. Lebrun, a young widow, who, though he fancied as a friend, had not considered her very seriously. She, on the other hand, had mistaken his platonic attentions for love and when he informs her of his engagement to marry Mignon Parsons, she flies into a jealous rage, threatening dire vengeance. Walker does not appreciate the strength of her avowal, and leaves, promising to return to her her letters in his possession. But Walker little knows the fury of a woman scorned, and she at once sets to work to wreak a vengeance that is as cunning as it is terrible. Procuring a box of the choicest candy she injects a drug into each particle, and writes a note, cleverly imitating his handwriting. These she sends to Mignon who resides about ten miles distant, by a messenger boy. Some time after Harry calls in his automobile with the letters. These he gives to Mme. Lebrun, who goes to her boudoir to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







Release Date:

22 April 1909 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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1.33 : 1
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