Ninety Black Boxes (1914)

King Louis XI of France is beset with the idea that his uncle, the aged King Rene, is trafficking with England and Burgundy against the French throne. So well has Francois Villon served his... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Giblyn

Writers:

George Bronson Howard (story), Harry G. Stafford (scenario)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Murdock MacQuarrie ... François Villon
Doc Crane ... King Louis XI (as H.C. Crane)
Mark Fenton Mark Fenton ... Oliver De Breuil
Ben Horning Ben Horning ... Jean Ballue (as Benjamin F. Horning)
Millard K. Wilson Millard K. Wilson ... The Almoner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Agnes Vernon ... Mme. De Breuil
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King Louis XI of France is beset with the idea that his uncle, the aged King Rene, is trafficking with England and Burgundy against the French throne. So well has Francois Villon served his royal master that Louis sends him to Rene's court, there to either realize or set at rest the suspicion. The poet-ambassador obeys the will of Louis and soon convinces himself that the French king's suspicion is unwarranted. His diplomatic business being at an end, Villon lingers to enjoy himself at Rene's court. Guests of King Rene are the Duke and the Duchess De Breuil. The young Duchess, charmed with Villon's poetry, draws the susceptible poet into a mild flirtation. Her husband, the Duke, discovers Villon and the Duchess in the garden. The Duke his anger getting the better of his good judgment, insults Villon and hurls his gage at the feet of the poet. The action takes place before King Rene, who, while regretting that the quarrel has been forced upon Villon, tells the poet that the lists are ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of François Villon #4: Ninety Black Boxes See more »

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Production Co:

Bison Motion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The usual excellence of costume
13 April 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The fifth of the Villon series and one of the most interesting. Murdock MacQuarrie as the vagabond poet embarks on a plan to release the prisoners of the monstrous John Ballue. He visits the dungeons and succeeds in his purpose, but Ballue himself escapes. This has the usual excellence of costume and setting which have marked this entire series. Mr. MacQuarrie again enters into the spirit of Villon and carries the interest of the observer with him. A good number. - The Moving Picture World, November 14, 1914


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