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His Life for His Emperor (1913)

The schemes of certain English merchants and politicians require that the Emperor Napoleon be unseated whether by fair means or foul. Hearing of ex-Captain Lacroix, who has been degraded by... See full summary »

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... General Murat
... Napoleon
... Captain Lacroix
Leo Delaney ... Pierre Duchesne
... Flora
... Keeper of the Wine Shop
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The schemes of certain English merchants and politicians require that the Emperor Napoleon be unseated whether by fair means or foul. Hearing of ex-Captain Lacroix, who has been degraded by Napoleon, they send an emissary to arrange with him for the emperor's assassination. Lacroix accepts their money and plans with his cronies to lure the object of their hate to an empty house, where they intend to kill him. The plot is hatched in the secluded comer of a wine shop, but the conspirators neglect to notice an intoxicated man who is sleeping there. The man is Pierre Duchesne, an official who has been discharged from a government bureau for drunkenness, but who, nevertheless, realizing that he has only himself to blame, bears no malice. Lacroix writes a letter to Napoleon, telling him that valuable maps may be obtained from a disgraced English officer then in Paris, and bidding him to come alone to fetch them. A youth is dispatched with the letter and further details of the plot then ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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16 May 1913 (USA)  »

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The transition from the humble clerk to the man who rules is splendidly carried out
9 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Here is a powerful picture. Leo Delaney, playing a dissolute and discharged government clerk, overhears a conspiracy against the life of the Emperor. He goes to Napoleon and asks that he be sent to meet the conspirators in response to the forged note. The clerk is dressed in the Emperor's uniform. The transition from the humble clerk to the man who rules is splendidly carried out. The decoy is killed. The Emperor follows with a number of soldiers and the conspirators are arrested. There are many strong situations. William Humphrey plays the Emperor and Harry Morey the chief of the conspirators. Dallas Welford is the keeper of the wine shop. William Shea, Harry Northrup and Earle Williams are the other chief actors. "His Life for His Emperor" is a true one-reel feature. - The Moving Picture World, May 31, 1913


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