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The Old Monk's Tale (1913)

A monk tells a tale about a woman who can only surrender her heart to a man who can offer her jewels. A poor man falls in love with her and steals jewels off a statue of the Madonna to give to her.




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Cast overview:
... The Handsome Stranger (as Benjamin Wilson)
... Ramona, The Coquette
... Allesandro
Charles Sutton ... The Monk
... The Temptress


The tale deals with a dark-eyed beauty of Spanish blood who had won heart after heart and has put them all aside because they did not bring her a lap full of jewels. A stranger fell under her spell and although she knew that he had won her heart yet she would not surrender herself until he had secured the jewels she so long sought. Another fair Senorita, who was jealous of the attentions that the gallant paid to the coquette one day, creeping close to the stranger, told him where he could get the jewels his sweetheart longed for. He at first laughed at the idea, but the seed of evil had been planted and something slowly crept into his soul, and going out into the night he wended his way to the mission by the sea and took the jewels that decorated the neck of the Madonna. Then he fell at the feet of his loved one and tossed into her lap the jewels, but before his eyes there was a haunted dread. At a ball given by the Governor there was laughter and gaiety. The coquette was in all her ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

15 February 1913 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Jewels of the Madonna  »

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Did You Know?


The earliest known appearance of Harold Lloyd in a film. He can be glimpsed for hardly more than a few seconds, during a party sequence as a Native American servant, wearing a wig and dark make-up. See more »


Featured in Silent Clowns: Harold Lloyd (2006) See more »

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There is a double exposure temptation scene that is perfect
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Laura Sawyer plays a Spanish coquette among romantic backgrounds that are clearly photographed for the most part. The picture was taken at the place of Ramona's marriage and its story is told to tourists by a monk standing before the convent. In it an infatuated youth robs the statue of the Virgin of jewels to deck the coquette, but is discovered in the act and a tragedy follows. The offering stands on its costumes, graceful acting and backgrounds. There is a double exposure temptation scene that is perfect. The audience watched the story closely. - The Moving Picture World, March 1, 1913

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