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A Strange Meeting (1909)

Mary is coerced into helping with a burglary of a minister's apartment. Later she repents and goes to the minister's storefront mission to help.


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Stephanie Longfellow Stephanie Longfellow ... Mary Rollins
Arthur V. Johnson ... Reverend John Stanton
Henry B. Walthall ... Mary's Father
Frank Powell ... Mary's Brother
Kate Bruce ... The Concerned Mother
Billy Quirk ... The Drunken Son (as William A. Quirk)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ... At Party
John R. Cumpson ... At Party
James Kirkwood ... At Party
Florence La Badie
Wilfred Lucas
Owen Moore ... At Party
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... In Congregation
Lottie Pickford ... At Party
Mary Pickford


In a Bowery dance-hall we find Mary Rollins associated with those poor souls who walk in the Valley of the Shadow of Death. One of their number is a youth whose mother appears and tries to get him away from the place, but appeals are in vain and she goes to the little mission, where she finds Rev. John Stanton, the pastor, who is the good shepherd willing to seek the lost one. Stanton's entrance in the dance hall occasions vile derision from the mob, and, indeed, they would have assaulted him, had he not cowed them by an exhibition of his forced aggressiveness. Here he meets Mary, through whose glance he sees a pure soul which is being forced into the quagmire of crime by conditions. Before leaving with the boy, Stanton hands around cards on which is printed Psalm 23. These lines impress her so deeply that she is drawn to the little mission to hear the words of encouragement preached by the kindly spirited Mr. Stanton. How strongly do the words of holy writ, "Let them be ashamed who ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







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2 August 1909 (USA) See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Strange Meeting, A (1909)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A woman is forced into robbing from a preacher but later she wants to repent so she goes to that same precher for forgiveness. Griffith does his usual moral job here with religion being looked at very highly. Nice but nothing overly good.

Broken Locket, The (1909)

** (out of 4)

strange an uneven short from Griffith has a man leaving his wife (Mary Pickford) so that he can make them rich. Before he goes the two break a locket in half to remind each other of their love. The film doesn't make too much sense and it jumps all over the place making it rather hard to follow.

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