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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.

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D.W. Griffith

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

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 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
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1909 (USA) See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

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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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Looking For A Story To Challenge Him
28 September 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Marion Leonard and David Miles quarrel. At first it seems nothing, but arguments grow more heated and they decide to part. Some time later -- long enough for the part in his hair to grow white with flour, though not hers -- he is seated in his study and, feeling poorly, decides to write a letter. As it is delivered and Miss Leonard -- whose wild temperament is indicated by the cigarette she takes a few puffs from -- shows the letter to the party, who grow merry. They decide to take the party to Mr. Miles.

It's nine months since D.W. Griffith took over at Biograph, and his command of film has grown immeasurably. The pantomime of the quarrel ranges from small, seemingly unconsidered gestures, to large, angry ones. His crowd scene at the party shows fine group dynamics and flow. Everyone is doing something that makes sense, including the last man out the door, making sure he has a bottle of champagne. Finally, the cross-cutting is there, from Mr. Miles in his room to the party, all working to raise tension as the race begins. It is not a race within the story, but one in the audience's mind: will they get there in time? Even though no one knows of any threat?

It's still a trifle of a split-reel melodrama with a heavy-handed message. The basic techniques, however, are finally in place.


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