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Swords and Hearts (1911)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short, War | 28 August 1911 (USA)
A poor girl is secretly in love with a wealthy young planter. During the Civil War she helps him escape capture by Union soldiers. After the war, with his fortune gone, she confesses that she loves him.


D.W. Griffith


Emmett C. Hall

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Cast overview:
Wilfred Lucas ... Hugh Frazier
Claire McDowell ... Irene Lambert
Dorothy West ... Jennie Baker
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... Old Ben (as W.J. Butler)
Charles West Charles West ... The Union Suitor
Verner Clarges Verner Clarges ... Hugh's Father
Francis J. Grandon Francis J. Grandon ... Jennie's Father
Alfred Paget ... 1st Bushwhacker
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... 2nd Bushwhacker


As Hugh Frazier, son of a wealthy tobacco planter, leaves to join his company in the Confederate Army, he becomes engaged to Irene Lambert, a beautiful, but cold and calculating girl, who promises her hand when he returns victorious. Unknown to Hugh, Jennie Baker, a little girl of the "poor white class," has fallen passionately in love with him. Her father is one of those who hate the "aristocrats," eking an existence selling berries, etc., from their little garden. Hugh, making a flying visit to Irene, is only saved from capture by Jennie's devotion, she taking his horse and donning his hat and coat, by which she leads his pursuers astray. That night, Jennie's father is killed leading an attack by Bushwhackers upon the Frazier Mansion in an attempt to secure the family wealth, but old Ben, the negro servant, anticipates their designs by taking the family strong box and burying it. The Bushwhackers, however, burn the old mansion to the ground, Hugh's father, perishing in the ruins. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

28 August 1911 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Espadas e Corações See more »

Filming Locations:

Coytesville, New Jersey, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The South Will Rise Again
1 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a love story of the South. A handsome confederate soldier who is betrothed to a Southern belle goes off to fight for the South. She has only her own interests in mind and goes as the wind blows, Meanwhile, there is a poor farmer's daughter who loves the man and even risks her life to save him. A group of bushwhackers come in and burn the mansion which would leave everyone penniless. Of course, it's the black man (played by a very white man) who saves the day and gets nothing out of the deal. The white folks enjoy the fruits of someone else's labor. Filmwise, it's pretty impressive. Morally, it's totally lacking.

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