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The Golden Louis (1909)

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An anonymous donor drops a gold coin in the shoe of a homeless girl as she sleeps. A gambler with a 'sure thing' borrows the coin and wins a fortune, but he can't find her again to repay her.


D.W. Griffith


D.W. Griffith


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Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... The Mother
Adele DeGarde ... The Child
Owen Moore ... The Good Samaritan
Charles Inslee ... The Gambler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ... Reveller
Kate Bruce
Gladys Egan
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... Reveller
Arthur V. Johnson ... Gambler
Florence Lawrence
Marion Leonard ... Reveller
Wilfred Lucas
Barry O'Moore ... Gambler / Reveller (as Herbert Yost)
Mack Sennett ... Gambler / Reveller
Dorothy West ... Reveller


It was fête day in old Paris, and the city was the scene of gaiety and splendor. Contrasted with the brilliant throng we see a little child shivering in the snow, with her little wooden shoe held out expectant of a coin from those charitably disposed. But in the intoxicating jollity of the occasion the poor soul is passed by unnoticed until, exhausted, she sinks upon the stone step and sleeps. There now passes a kindly spirited knight, who flicks a Louis d'Or into the tiny wooden slipper at her side. Meanwhile, at the gambling house there has run to ruin at roulette a young blade, who is tipped that on the strike of twelve the number 17 is sure to come out. So impressed is he that he tries to borrow, in the hope of recouping his lost fortune, but his friends turn coldly away. From the place he saunters despondently and comes upon the little one on the step, still asleep. His hand, through habit, goes to his own pocket, hut, alas! It is empty. As he stands and contemplates the little ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

22 February 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Золотой лун See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Horribly overacted.
20 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

It's funny. Just before watching this terrible film, I saw an other D.W. Griffith film and absolutely adored it! I just don't get it. In "Fighting Blood", the directed coaxed nice, restrained performances out of his cast but in "The Golden Louis" they were hysterically overacting.

This film begins with a poor little beggar girl walking about in the show in what appears to be 17th century France (or somewhere in Northern Europe). One of the rich guys who walks past her drops a gold coin into her cup--but she is fast asleep. In the meantime, a gambler is having bad luck and is out of funds. This scoundrel sees the girl and takes the gold coin. He wins big and immediately returns to repay her but she's stumbled off somewhere. Eventually he finds her--but by now she's dead.

The acting by the gambler is pretty bad--especially when the girl dies. He bemoans her fate in a most outgoing and over the top manner. However, I was really impressed by the awfulness of the girl's acting. I assume Mr. Griffith told her to pretend her neck was a spring and to wildly wobble it about as she walked to illustrate her hunger and illness. Regardless, it was laughable when it should have been a tender story.

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