The Iconoclast (1910)

Iconoclasm, the attacking of cherished beliefs and theories, has ever been the incitement of discontent, but the iconoclast of to-day may be better termed the socialist. Discontent is ... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Henry B. Walthall ... The Worker
Claire McDowell ... The Worker's Wife
Edith Haldeman ... The Worker's Daughter
George Nichols ... The Worker's Employer
Gladys Egan ... The Worker's Employer's Daughter
Guy Hedlund ... The Worker's Friend
Alfred Paget ... The Butler
Kate Bruce ... The Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... Employer's Friend
Verner Clarges Verner Clarges ... A Doctor
Charles Craig Charles Craig ... Employer's Friend
Dorothy Davenport ... Employer's Friend
Adele DeGarde
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... In Office (as Jack Dillon)
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... In Office


Iconoclasm, the attacking of cherished beliefs and theories, has ever been the incitement of discontent, but the iconoclast of to-day may be better termed the socialist. Discontent is rather induced by selfishness, and selfishness is the seed of irrational socialism, nurtured mainly by laziness, and very often, drink. The principal character of this Biograph story is a lazy, drink-sotted printer. He must be urged by his poor suffering wife to leave his cups to go to work. As usual he arrives at the office late, and an argument between him and the foreman ensues, just as the proprietor of the establishment enters, escorting a party of his friends to show them about and introduce them to the mysteries of his printing plant. The sight of these people dressed in sables and silk is extremely odious to this disgruntled workman, and when the proprietor shows a spirit of cordiality, he, galled by the inequality of their stations, repels it, and with a show of anarchism attempts to strike his ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







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3 October 1910 (USA) See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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It is a sermon in ethics
12 September 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A helpful picture. Not alone is it good dramatically, but it teaches the dissatisfied that wealth does not bring all that may be wanted. Often the dissatisfied working man has what the man of wealth would give all he has to possess. The difficulty is to make the dissatisfied iconoclast understand this. If the poor man could be made to understand the griefs and heartaches and sorrows which often surround the wealthy the way this man found it, anarchism and the worst forms of socialism would cease. A picture which does so much to clear up a misunderstanding has a reason for existence far beyond the mere matter of amusement. The man entered the house to murder. He left it with a chastened spirit and a clearer comprehension of the heartaches that trouble the rich. And he went back to his home and his work, convinced that his lot was not bad and that he might make it better if he would. It is a sermon in ethics and it deserves wide circulation so its teaching may reach to the confines of the country. - The Moving Picture World, October 15, 1910

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