A Heroine of '76 (1911)

During the American Revolution, an innkeeper's daughter learns of a plot to assassinate George Washington while he will be staying at her father's inn.


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Cast overview:
Lois Weber ... The Tavern Keeper's Daughter
Phillips Smalley ... The Tavern Keeper
Gordon Sackville ... George Washington


General Washington, riding towards headquarters, is overtaken by a severe snowstorm and forced to seek shelter at a wayside tavern. Shortly before his arrival, a party of British soldiers had visited the tavern and posted a placard offering a bountiful reward for the capture of Washington, dead or alive. Upon his entrance, he is recognized by the description and a plot is arranged to assassinate him. It falls to the lot of the tavern keeper to do the deed. His daughter, a staunch and loyal patriot, overhears their conversation and determines to save Washington's life. Through a ruse, she causes him to change his room and herself takes possession of the one he vacates, and after a silent prayer, she retires. At midnight, the plotters urge the tavern keeper to begin the murderous assault, and climbing the stairs, he enters the room occupied by his daughter, and after a moment that is like an eternity, he leaves the room, trembling, penitent, afraid to think, fearful of memories. He sits... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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16 February 1911 (USA) See more »

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21 November 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The first release of any producer is always awaited with much interest. It may be interesting to know that from a business standpoint this release has been one of the marked successes of the year. Long before the release the exchanges were receiving premiums for booking it and any manager who booked it early, could have sold out at a good profit any time previous to the release. Moreover, these premium bookings extend some time into the future. Undoubtedly this interest is justified. The picture is all the producers claimed it would be before it was released. It is one of the best historical pictures ever put on the screen, and while it may not be based upon an actual occurrence, it is something which might have happened, and, therefore, does not transcend the probabilities. That a girl should voluntarily offer her life in the manner shown to save that of Washington, gives the picture a strong dramatic and romantic interest, and the acting is quite up to the standard required to maintain the unities. Staging has been attended to with great care and costuming, and settings are historically accurate. It would be difficult to offer suggestions for improvement. The release previous to Washington's Birthday, but during the season while the thoughts of a large number of people are turned toward him, adds interest to the film and assists in making it of more than ordinary importance. The photography is clear most of the length of the film, only here and there a weak spot is noted, and possibly that is due to an uneven current. As a whole, the picture is satisfactory. It tells a dramatic story clearly, its setting is historically accurate, and the actors have become imbued with the spirit which is plainly manifested in the film. Managers have evidently made no mistake in bidding up the price. They will find it a superior attraction. - The Moving Picture World, March 4, 1911

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