The Old Wedding Dress (1912)

A spinster loans her niece the wedding dress she never had the opportunity of wearing, and recalls events leading up to the tragedy.


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Cast overview:
Francis X. Bushman ... Bridegroom
Beverly Bayne ... Jennie
Lily Branscombe ... Aunt Betsy
Dolores Cassinelli


All the country town is decorated in honor of the wedding of old Aunt Betsy's niece, Jennie, on the morrow. The good town folk transform the general store into a bee-hive of activity in purchasing appropriate presents. The little tailor is overpressed with work in fitting out the town's attire, and the quaint old church is decorated with care. Aunt Betsy is believed by all, and even the stray dogs know that a plate of choice food is to be found on her doorstep. In the evening Aunt Betsy climbs the stairs leading to her room and takes from the old trunk her wedding dress that is to be worn by Jennie on the morrow. Bitterly the tears fall as the gentle old lady fingers the treasured dress and memories of thirty years appear in a vision before the great mirror, and she sees herself once again on that memorable evening when, as she stood before the mirror in all the loveliness of her bridal attire, the awful message came that Stephen, her fiancé, had been killed in a terrible railroad ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama | Romance







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8 August 1912 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The sharp contrasts bring out the picture's intention very strongly
15 January 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A good and very emotional situation makes the latter two-thirds of this picture a real interpretation of human life. The early scenes, they serve merely as an introduction to the picture, were pitiably weak. They showed a cheap and conventional idea of a country store. No one ever saw anything like it actually. The story follows these scenes. It is told partly by means of dream memories. There is going to be a wedding. The bride-to-be has a very lovable spinster aunt. The dress the bride is to wear was made for this aunt and the memories take the spectator back thirty years and show, by a few tragic pictures, why the dress had never been worn. Then we have the wedding scene in the country church and the departure. The sharp contrasts bring out the picture's intention very strongly. It makes a very good offering. - The Moving Picture World, August 24, 1912

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