The Firefly (1913)

Ildfluen (original title)
Lilian, little daughter of Countess Barri, and Ralph, son of the estate manager, are playing in the groves when Michael, a wandering gypsy, comes upon them. The antics of his monkey amuse ... See full summary »

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Einar Zangenberg
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Cast

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Johanne Fritz-Petersen Johanne Fritz-Petersen ... (as Johanne Fritz-Petersen Blom)
Alfi Zangenberg Alfi Zangenberg
Einar Zangenberg
William Bewer William Bewer
Sophus Erhardt Sophus Erhardt
Ella La Cour Ella La Cour
Richard Christensen Richard Christensen
Emma Wiehe Emma Wiehe
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Lilian, little daughter of Countess Barri, and Ralph, son of the estate manager, are playing in the groves when Michael, a wandering gypsy, comes upon them. The antics of his monkey amuse the children. They beg the Countess to accompany them to the gypsy camp to see Michael's other pets. The Countess, angered when the gypsy's wife abuses her sick child, orders the wayfarers from her grounds. At dawn Lilian, thinking of the fascinating monkey, climbs from her crib and runs to the camp. The gypsies abduct her, purposing to have her take the place of their own chick who has died in the night. In the morning sturdy little Ralph bravely comforts the bereaved mother and volunteers to find the missing child. He overtakes the gypsies. Ineffectually the children attempt to get back home. They are overtaken and brought back to a cruel beating. Years pass. The gypsies have been far abroad and Ralph has been unable to restore Lilian to her mother. Now that they are near their own hearthstone, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

November 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Firefly See more »

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Kinografen See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It would have made a stronger feature had it been shorter
25 November 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This is a four-part picture made by the Kinograf Company. There are sensational scenes in it, but it would have made a stronger feature had it been shorter. There are improbabilities and inconsistencies. The boy grown to manhood under the domination of the gypsy obtains employment as a chauffeur when nothing has indicated that he had ever seen a machine. Later, he takes back to her old home the daughter of the countess, kidnapped twelve years before, which proves he knew how to find it and consequently could have done it at any time during these years. The dropping of the letter of proposal at the feet of the chauffeur was hackneyed. Ralph's escape from the tower of the castle, his sensational climb over the wires to drop then into the water, and his long swim back to extinguish the burning fuse attached to the bomb necessarily required far more time than would have been required to consume one foot of slow match. On the other hand, the "firefly" scene in the theater was finely done. The tinting from one color to another as the woman swung in the air. suspended by a wire, made an unusual spectacle. The photography is of high quality. - The Moving Picture World, October 11, 1913


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