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For the Cause (1912)

A confederate soldier gives up his life in order to save his rival.
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Helen Case
Winnie Baldwin ... Helen
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At the breaking out of the Civil War Lieut. Harmon and Lieut. Black are ready to go to the front. Harmon's attentions to Black's fiancée, Helen, lead to words between the two and Harmon challenges Black to a duel. The men meet with pistols and Harmon gets the first shot and misses. Black refuses to fire at his antagonist, and turning away is again shot at by Harmon. He whirls around and shoots at Harmon as he has turned and is running away, wounding him through the shoulder. When the people, aroused by the shots, reach the scene, Harmon insists that he was shot in the back in a cowardly manner by Black, and his statement causes an estrangement between Helen and Black. Wonderful scenes of battle are then shown, in which Black wins fame for heroism, and is entrusted with important missions. Harmon never recovers from the wound and is practically a helpless invalid. A plan is formed by the Confederates to lead the Union army into an ambush by having a spy captured with false papers, and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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6 December 1912 (USA)  »

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Film debut of Bud Osborne. See more »

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There is an improvement over the true southern battleground
6 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

It is a pleasure to commend the stirring war pictures made by this company, such as the two-reel offering given here. It would be a captious critic who would quarrel with the California setting for these tense, vivid scenes, though the surroundings are not historically accurate. But there is such a wealth of scenic detail, careful costuming and splendid acting, that if anything there is an improvement over the true southern battleground. This film reveals tremendous distances, with files of soldiers sharply outlined against the sky, bursting bombs, and all the paraphernalia of actual warfare. Even the horses fall and lie struggling as though trained to the work. The plot is interesting and well handled by the principals. A fine offering. - The Moving Picture World, December 14, 1912


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