The Ward of the King (1913)

In the days of Louis XIV of France, his nobles were not permitted to contract marriages without his consent. Particularly was this enforced in the case of orphan heiresses, whose hands were... See full summary »

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Eugene Moore (as W. Eugene Moore Jr.)
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James Cruze ... A Young Nobleman
Florence La Badie ... The Ward of the King
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In the days of Louis XIV of France, his nobles were not permitted to contract marriages without his consent. Particularly was this enforced in the case of orphan heiresses, whose hands were bestowed upon favorites of the monarch without the unfortunate young women being consulted at all. Constance Du Vallon inherited a large estate, and was deeply in love with a young gallant, whose home was near her home. This noble, however, was in disfavor at court, and his suit was frowned upon. Finally the king commanded the girl to repair to court without delay and there wed one of his favorites, a dissipated count, whom she loathed. There was no opportunity to escape, for the message was brought by a detachment of the king's guards, ironically described as "an escort of honor." Shortly after Constance and her escort had departed, her suitor arrived at her home and was mad with grief on hearing what had happened. Declaring he would rescue her no matter what the odds, he set forth alone. Fortune ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1913 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Many thrilling adventures before reaching America
31 October 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This romantic story in two reels, impressed us as an unusually good offering of the kind, Florence LaBadie and James Cruze have the leading roles. The story begins with many carefully devised scenes at the French court, in about the time of Louis XIV, it appeared. The ward escapes in boy's clothes and she and her lover go through many thrilling adventures before reaching America. The costuming is commendable and the scenes handled nicely. The experiences on the sea were exciting and the approach to American soil fills the observer with a warm glow of appreciation. The. Indians had a rather "stagy" look in their first grouping. A good offering. - The Moving Picture World, August 30, 1913


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