The Prussian Spy (1909)

Lady Florence hides her lover, a Prussian spy, from the French troops who are hunting for him. One of her other suitors, a French officer, discovers the hiding place and threatens to kill the spy.


D.W. Griffith


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Marion Leonard ... Lady Florence
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... Count Lopes
Owen Moore ... The Spy
Florence Lawrence ... The Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur V. Johnson ... Soldier
David Miles ... Soldier
Mack Sennett ... Soldier


A dramatic episode during the Franco-Prussian war. Lady Florence is enamored of a young Prussian soldier. Count Lopes, an officer in the French army, also loves her, but is rejected. He suspects she loves another, and watches to find out who his rival may be. A Prussian spy has been tracked to the mansion, and the Count has reason to believe that he is the favored one, as he sees him enter her window. Following, the Prussian is hidden by Lady Florence in a closet, when the Count enters. He accuses her; she denies even on oath; but the Count detects her anxious look toward the closet. Considering it undignified to search, he plans a more subtle means. Calling two of his lieutenants, he pretends to test a new revolver, using a panel of the closet as a target, still giving her Ladyship a chance to present her lover; but she is obdurate and denies his accusation. Her Ladyship dispatches her maid to the upper floor to remove the trap door above the closet, but too late, for the shots are ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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prussia | espionage | See All (2) »


Short | Drama







Release Date:

1 March 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den prøjsiske Spion See more »

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Released as a split reel along with His Wife's Mother (1909). See more »

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Investing Your Emotions
12 February 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

By allowing us to get to know the characters on a deeper level, the 34 year old D.W. Griffith gave us entry into investing our emotions in the story, despite the fact that the props loomed menacingly in the background, disproportionate to any natural arrangement.

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