The Hostage (1914)

Gidslet (original title)
A deformed person with nervous anxiety is looking out to sea, evidently awaiting the arrival of someone. He is a cripple, and presently we become aware that he is the despised member of a ... See full summary »


Martinius Nielsen


Karen Stampe-Bendix (as K. Stampe-Bendix)


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Cast overview:
Benjamin Christensen
August Falck August Falck ... Bernardi - Chief of Police
Gerda Krum-Juncker Gerda Krum-Juncker ... Mrs. Bernardi
Alix Aase Ayoé Alber Alix Aase Ayoé Alber ... Bernardi's Daughter
Emmanuel Larsen Emmanuel Larsen ... Gimpy
Peter Palludan Peter Palludan ... Beppo
Moritz Bielawski Moritz Bielawski
Idon Hartvig Idon Hartvig
Arvid Ringheim Arvid Ringheim


A deformed person with nervous anxiety is looking out to sea, evidently awaiting the arrival of someone. He is a cripple, and presently we become aware that he is the despised member of a band of brigands, and is watching for their return. They arrive in their boats headed by their dreaded chieftain, Beppo. They are in a bad humor, and the unfortunate cripple is kicked and cuffed for no reason, except that he cannot return the blows of his tormentors. The reason is that one of the band has been captured, an insult and indignity that Beppo cannot and will not permit. He determines to rescue his man. Bernardi, the chief of police, is a man of strong will power and determination; he has made up his mind to rid the country of the gang of thieves and malefactors, of which Beppo is the chief. But they are elusive, nobody knows where their haunts and huts are. They disappear like magic at the slightest alarm. Bernardi sends out his scouts, and turns from the weary, disappointing details of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

May 1914 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Dania Biofilm Kompagni See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Carelessness in construction
28 July 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This four-part subject contains well-photographed views of a rocky ocean shore. The story is loosely jointed; there are several situations that do not convince. For instance, a mother permits kidnappers to enter her child's bedroom and take away the little one without making an outcry. She just faints. The two men take the child to the ground over ropes without disturbing anyone in the household, and it is not late at night. Then, again, it is hardly likely a bandit would send to the father of the child a note signed by himself and setting forth that in pursuance of his threat the child had been put to death. It was not clear why the police chief when he had recovered his child did not take her home over the same route as that by which he had arrived at the appointed place rather than to send a telegram for the police to come and get him. The foregoing are examples of carelessness in construction. The acting of the chief of police is good, that of many of the cast is indifferent. The child is notably weak, rarely missing an opportunity to look at the camera. - The Moving Picture World, May 2, 1914

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