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A Change of Spirit (1912)

Denied by her narrow-minded father all associations except that of her chaperone, the girl, while strolling in the park, indulges in a little flirtation with a young man who is one of a ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

Writer:

D.W. Griffith
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Blanche Sweet ... The Young Woman
Walter Miller ... The Young Woman's Sweetheart - The Robbery Victim
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... The Young Woman's Father
Kate Toncray Kate Toncray ... The Young Woman's Mother
Henry B. Walthall ... First Gentleman Thief
Charles Hill Mailes ... Second Gentleman Thief
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Denied by her narrow-minded father all associations except that of her chaperone, the girl, while strolling in the park, indulges in a little flirtation with a young man who is one of a couple of gentleman thieves. A self-introduction comes when he gallantly picks up a book she has dropped. In restoring the book, he cunningly takes her hand-bag in order that he may have an excuse to call on her later and return it, giving her the impression that she had lost it. When he calls, her father is away, and so, in the spirit of bravado, she invites him in. While there he surreptitiously secures the key to the house, intending to return later with his partner. However, upon accidentally meeting the girl the second time, he becomes deeply impressed and the thought of his promise to his chum to enter the house that night palls. As can be imagined, the work laid out is odious in the extreme, but it is the means of causing in him a change of spirit. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, 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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We have seen the same things happen before and have not been deeply interested
27 January 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The interest in this picture that holds us strongly comes almost wholly from its characters. Our minds wait more or less breathlessly upon the action, but we have seen the same things happen before and have not been deeply interested. The "change of spirit" comes to a burglar after he has fallen in love. He has broken into the girl's house and what happens there shows him that his ways are not worthy, it makes him ashamed. The breath of life has been put into the characters in this instance, and it has been accomplished quietly; the effect is merely to make us think that the story is fresh and unusually entertaining. Miss Agnes Sweet and William Walthall play the leads as girl and burglar. The second burglar is Charles Mailes. - The Moving Picture World, September 7, 1912


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