With Her Card (1909)

Adele is in love with a rich Wall Street trader, but he treats her indifferently. With the help of another suitor, she plots to ruin him financially.


D.W. Griffith


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Owen Moore ... Henry Larkin
Frank Powell ... Randolph Churchill
Marion Leonard ... Adele Alletta
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ... At Larkin's
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... At Churchill's
Verner Clarges Verner Clarges ... At Churchill's (unconfirmed)
John R. Cumpson ... At Churchill's
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... Extra
Arthur V. Johnson ... At Larkin'a
Wilfred Lucas
Jeanie Macpherson
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... At Churchill's / Footman
Billy Quirk ... At Churchill's
Mack Sennett ... At Larkin's
Henry B. Walthall ... At Larkin's


Randolph Churchill, a Wall Street broker, incurred the love of Adele Alletta, a comic opera favorite, and although he treated her with almost cruel sang-froid she rejected all other suitors in his favor, among whom was Henry Larkin, another broker, who sincerely loved her. Adele, however, simply a whim with Churchill, and he coldly threw her aside to marry a society lady. This information comes to her in a letter from him, and also announcement of his engagement in the newspapers. He did not know the designing powers of the seemingly light-hearted, frivolous girl, who at once evolved a scheme he little dreamed her capable of. Appreciating the strength and sincerity of Larkin's love for her, he having sought her in marriage most ardently, she writes him of the humiliating insult she suffered from Churchill, begs that he effect his ruin in the market, promising to marry him the day he accomplishes it. Larkin is most willing to undertake the affair, as he had undergone many a heartache ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







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16 August 1909 (USA) See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The Spirit of the Short Story
5 July 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

In this short film the 34 year old D.W. Griffith unites the two communities of the North and South. Yankees and Confederates alike are married together in this offering in order to create a New People of America. His group cohesion is based on homogeneity, but perceives diversity as bringing disunity. It is a statement against legalising diversity stating that it is an enemy of the peace. >From a director's point of view, Griffith does not collaborate with his audience. None of the characters impose themselves on the story or allow you to enter into their universe. What does come across is the visual subjectivity of Griffith's mind.

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