The Sacrifice (1909)

Oh, the woe of simultaneous birthdays, as were Mr. and Mrs. Hardlucks', and both being of a generous nature, were seized with an insatiable desire to make on this anniversary of their ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writers:

O. Henry (story "The Gift of the Magi"), D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... Mr. Hardluck
Florence Lawrence ... Mrs. Hardluck
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ... At Wigmaker's
John R. Cumpson ... At Jeweler's
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... At Jeweler's / At Pawnshop
Arthur V. Johnson ... At Wigmaker's
Marion Leonard ... At Wigmaker's
Owen Moore
Mack Sennett ... At Wigmaker's / At Jeweler's / At Pawnshop
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Oh, the woe of simultaneous birthdays, as were Mr. and Mrs. Hardlucks', and both being of a generous nature, were seized with an insatiable desire to make on this anniversary of their nativity suitable gifts, each to the other, Hardluck has a watch, but no fob. Mrs. Hardluck has a wealth of hair, but no decorative comb for her hair. What is worse, finances are low, or rather exhausted. An idea strikes Hardluck. He will pawn his watch and buy a comb; thus surprising her. Mrs. Hardluck's mind is also illumined by a bright thought. She will sacrifice her hair, and with the money buy him a fob. This they do, of course, unknown to each other. Well, here's the situation: He had no fob for his watch, and she no comb for her hair; but now he has no watch for his fob, and she has no hair for her comb. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1909 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with A Rural Elopement (1909). See more »

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Version of The Gift of the Magi (2001) See more »

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D.W. Griffith and O'Henry
23 January 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

Having read O'Henry's work, I was not impressed by his writing, nor was I enthusiastic enough about his themes to be influenced by him. The 34 year old D.W. Griffith's interpretation of his work in this short film does not add anything constructive to making O'Henry's work accessible.


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