The Spanish Gypsy (1911)

Jose becomes engaged to Pepita, but still has eyes for Mariana. He runs off with Mariana, but he is accidentally blinded, and she deserts him. Pepita discovers him wandering blindly, and forgives him.


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Wilfred Lucas ... Jose
Vivian Prescott ... Pepita
Kate Bruce ... Pepita's Mother
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... The Doctor
Jeanie Macpherson ... Mariana (as Jeannie MacPherson)
Claire McDowell ... Paula
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Verner Clarges Verner Clarges ... Spaniard (as Verner Carges)
Edward Dillon
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... Spaniard / In Distant Gypsy Camp (as Jack Dillon)
Francis J. Grandon Francis J. Grandon ... Spaniard
Guy Hedlund ... Spaniard
Florence La Badie ... Gypsy
George Nichols ... Gypsy
Alfred Paget ... Gypsy / Spaniard
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... Gypsy


Pepita was anxious to avenge herself upon Jose for the jilt she suffered. Jose is a handsome troubadour and when he and Pepita meet it is love at first sight. They go to the Grand Plaza, where they sing and dance. Jose was fickle-natured and it needed only a pretty face and trim figure to make him forget the very existence of Pepita. Mariana, appreciating this lures the weak Jose from Pepita for herself, and together they go to the Plaza. Paula, the busybody, seeing Jose and Mariana together on the Plaza hastens to inform Pepita, who goes armed with a dagger to kill Jose. In this she is thwarted by several bystanders. Jose cowardly hastens to a distant camp where he feels he will be safer from Pepita's wrath. Jose is examining a pistol he is about to procure with which to protect himself, when the firearm explodes totally blinding him. In this helpless condition, Mariana cruelly deserts him. Feeling that he has been justly punished for his perfidy, he wanders off to play and sing for ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Romance | Short







Release Date:

30 March 1911 (USA) See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Here is love, intense hate, jealousy
5 January 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A love story with the scenes laid in the picturesque gypsy camps which are always attractive. Here is love, intense hate, jealousy and all the rest of it shown with consummate understanding. But when the girl sees her recreant lover blind and helpless she forgets her desire for vengeance and willingly sacrifices herself to care for him through life. The film is a transcript of life as it often is. There are such episodes in some lives and some hearts will respond as the heart of this gypsy girl responded to the man's helplessness. To that extent, therefore, the picture represents what is best, as well as what is worst, in human nature. It makes a deep impression upon an audience. - The Moving Picture World, April 15, 1911

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