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Two Memories (1909)

A dying man sends a note to his lost love, asking her to visit him. As a lark she does, but brings along some drunken party guests. They find him dead, and she repents her lightheartedness.


D.W. Griffith


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Marion Leonard ... Marion Francis
David Miles ... Henry Lawrence
Mary Pickford ... Marion's Sister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ... Party Guest
Clara T. Bracy
John R. Cumpson ... Party Guest
Robert Harron
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... Party Guest
Arthur V. Johnson ... Party Guest
Florence Lawrence ... Party Guest
Owen Moore ... Party Guest
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... Servant
Lottie Pickford
Herbert Prior ... Party Guest
Gertrude Robinson ... Party Guest


Henry Lawrence and Marion Brands were youthful lovers and in a spirit of jest aroused his jealousy. They quarrel and separate. Both headstrong, they never meet again. Ten years elapse, and Marion has developed into a cold-hearted woman of society, ever in the vortex of the social swim, until her tender sensibilities become blunted into absolute nonchalance. Henry, meanwhile has fallen into ill health and feels the end of his career is not far distant, so reading in the newspaper of Marion's return from Europe, writes asking her to call that he might see once more the face so dear to him. She is entertaining when the note arrives, so laughs it to scorn, but her company of friends dare her to go, which she does, accompanied by them. What a sight greets her. There in the chair sits Henry, clutching her portrait, dead. Oh, how she longs for the yesterday. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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24 May 1909 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the comedy Eloping with Auntie (1909). See more »

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Omitting Diversity
23 February 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

Relations with diversity are at breaking point in this short film. The 34 year old D.W. Griffith continues to exclude the marginalized, demonizing them by constructing the self-identity of the American nation. One cannot help feeling that there is an identity crisis looming behind the scenes.

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