Arnold, reproved by General Washington, decides, with the bitter hatred of a small nature, to betray West Point into the hands of the British, and to that end enters into negotiation with ... See full summary »


J. Stuart Blackton


Charles Kent (scenario)


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Charles Kent ... Benedict Arnold
William Humphrey ... Major Andre


Arnold, reproved by General Washington, decides, with the bitter hatred of a small nature, to betray West Point into the hands of the British, and to that end enters into negotiation with Major Andre, as the representative of the British General. In a secluded spot along the Hudson Arnold waits for Andre, who presently is seen to arrive from the opposite shore. He hurries into the woods to the waiting traitor and with his aversion to his mission none too well concealed, bargains for the plans, promising the money and position in the British army that are to be the price of Arnold's treachery. He starts to ride southward and by mischance he encounters an outpost of patriots. Provided with the pass which Arnold gave him, Andre does not fear the encounter and dismounts willingly enough, but the decision to search him in spite of the pass he carries puts another complexion upon the matter. Skillfully the Continentals search his clothing and come upon the incriminating papers and Andre is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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16 November 1909 (USA) See more »

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Forræderen Benedict Arnold See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with Indian Basket Making (1909). See more »

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Every inch of the film seems crowded with action
19 January 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The dramatic episode in the history of this country in the concluding quarter of the eighteenth century forms the subject of a highly successful Vitagraph picture. Successful we mean in many respects. In the first place it is not too long, being under 700 feet; in the next place every inch of the film seems crowded with action, and in the third place the picture is uniformly good in photographic quality throughout; three features which always make for success in moving picture films. On this little point as to the desirable length of films, we have something to say elsewhere in this week's number. Meanwhile "Benedict Arnold," in our opinion, stands out as one of the successes of the week for the reasons given. Everyone of course is familiar with the story, which it is unnecessary to repeat. But we would like to say that the acting of the performers fully rises to the occasion. Arnold takes his reproof at the hands of Washington as we imagine an officer would. His subsequent conduct in attempting to betray his country is only explicable on grounds of personal hatred. But the producers of this film wisely avoided any examination into subtlety of motive. They deal alone with the facts of history, and history records how Andre, the British spy, is caught by the Americans, stripped and discovered with the goods on him. So he goes to his fate. Arnold, meanwhile escapes, flees to London and dies in a garret, alone and friendless, as a vision of the American flag greets his closing eyes, an emblematic touch which perhaps might have been dispensed with, as the story is so clearly, convincingly and well told. Of course, as we have pointed out, everybody is familiar with this episode in American history, and it therefore needs no explanation. All the same, the Vitagraph Company deserve every praise for the dignified way in which the picture was mounted, dressed, acted and photographed. Short military subjects of this nature are bound to be popular, especially where the canvas is not overcrowded with supernumeraries. Tn this subject there are not too many actors or mobs marching and counter marching, which, however pretty to look at, often obscures the action of the piece. And, as we have said over and over again, the modern moving picture audience wants in its films action, action, action. - The Moving Picture World, November 27, 1909

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