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Tale the Autumn Leaves Told (1908)

A story of ye olden tyme in merrie England. Gathering Autumn Leaves: Mistress Dorothy, of Elmhurst Manor, meets perchance young Squire Douglass. He picks some desired leaves beyond her ... See full summary »

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Edwin S. Porter
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Mr. Barry Mr. Barry
Phineas Nairs Phineas Nairs
Laura Sawyer
William Sorelle William Sorelle
Miss Sullivan Miss Sullivan
Florence Turner
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A story of ye olden tyme in merrie England. Gathering Autumn Leaves: Mistress Dorothy, of Elmhurst Manor, meets perchance young Squire Douglass. He picks some desired leaves beyond her reach. Love's young dream. Sir Varney, of London Town: Her father, Lord Ravenhood, has pledged her band to Sir Varney. He is rather distasteful to the lady. The Trysting Place: The young lovers secretly meet. Plan their future. Her father and Sir Varney discover them. A quarrel ensues. Mistress Dorothy sent away in tears. Varney challenges the Squire to a duel. The Warning: Giles, the Squire's man, warns the lady of the proposed combat. The Duel at Early Dawn: The ground is paced off. All is ready. The opponents fire. Mistress Dorothy arrives to save her lover's life. She is wounded instead. In the Garden: The lady recovering from the accident. Entertaining some friends. Giles, disguised as a bird peddler, brings a message from his master. Lord Ravenhood discovers the subterfuge. Imprisons Mistress ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

11 April 1908 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Gretna Green
10 November 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Once upon a time, if you wanted to get married in England, you had to post the banns and go through a long production. Or you could hop over the border to Scotland, where the town of Gretna Green was famous for succoring runaway couples who wanted to get married immediately and save trouble... nor have to deal with a guardian who might forbid the wedding.

That's what's going on in this movie, as a couple interrupt a blacksmith who doubles as a marriage officiant. It is likely to be utterly foreign to modern Americans, but when this came out, it would be very familiar. On the other hand, I'm not clear as to what this scene was meant to accomplish.

I suspect it was intended for inclusion in a longer story film. However, there was a power struggle going on at the Edison studios about this time. Edwin Porter, who had been cock o' the walk, suddenly lost a lot of authority. Perhaps that's why only a minute and a half of this survive.


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