Hearts of the First Empire (1913)

In the spring of 1810, the Peninsular War begins, and fearing that the Austrian Army may again take the field (he having ignominiously defeated them the previous year), Napoleon arrests the... See full summary »

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William Humphrey
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William Humphrey ... Napoleon
Edith Storey ... Marie Luise of Austria
Leah Baird ... Beatrice
Earle Williams ... Count de Mauperg
Harry T. Morey ... Rostan
William Shea ... Tallyrand
Harry Northrup ... Duc de Beaufort
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In the spring of 1810, the Peninsular War begins, and fearing that the Austrian Army may again take the field (he having ignominiously defeated them the previous year), Napoleon arrests the Count de Mauperg, high in the favor of the Austrian Emperor. Francis. Mauperg is to remain in Paris for six months as a hostage for the good behavior of his sovereign. Emperor Napoleon's wife, Marie Louise, one day when driving, intervenes in behalf of a poor girl named Beatrice Duprell, who is being cruelly beaten by an old hag. Mere Pignone. The empress compensates the woman with a bag of money and takes Beatrice to the castle. On account of her awkwardness and unsophisticated manners, her first appearance causes much laughter. Directly after Count de Mauperg's presentation to the courtiers by Napoleon, the empress, with her ladies, enters. Beatrice is presented to the emperor, and instead of making a courtly bow, she acts in a hoydenish manner. This arouses laughter from the court, 'but her part... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1913 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A most pleasingly romantic climax
1 September 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A two part love story in the gorgeous costume of the Court of Napoleon I. The leading romantic roles are taken by Leah Baird, a peasant whom the empress has noticed and taken to the court, and Earle Williams, a hostage from Austria, who falls in love with her. These two escape together after a most pleasingly romantic climax. A large cast of the Vitagraph Company's best players support the story. It doesn't give any "great" moments and, except in the unexpected and startling outcome, is never brilliant; yet it interests and is a very good offering. The lighting and photography are only so so. There is some not wholly unforced comedy in the first reel, but when the story gets under way, it is substantial. - The Moving Picture World, May 10, 1913


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