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The Oath and the Man (1910)

Before the revolution in France the nobility exercised a most despotic rule over the peasants, subjecting them to abject slavery. Not only did they suffer pecuniary oppression, but their ... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Henry B. Walthall ... Henri Prevost
Florence Barker ... Madame Prevost
W. Chrystie Miller ... The Priest
Francis J. Grandon ... The Nobleman
Jack Pickford ... The Messenger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elmer Booth ... Aristocrat
Clara T. Bracy Clara T. Bracy ... In Parfumerie
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... Aristocrat
Verner Clarges Verner Clarges ... Aristocrat
Charles Craig Charles Craig ... Aristocrat
Dorothy Davenport ... Aristocrat
Edward Dillon ... Rebel
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... Rebel
Guy Hedlund ... Rebel
Dell Henderson ... Aristocrat


Before the revolution in France the nobility exercised a most despotic rule over the peasants, subjecting them to abject slavery. Not only did they suffer pecuniary oppression, but their humble households were invaded and defiled by the noble profligates. Henri Provost, a perfumer, receives a call from his landlord in quest of some perfume. During his visit this nobleman is attracted by Henri's pretty young wife. Her beauty so enthralls him that he, during her husband's absence, exercises his presumed rights, and invites, or rather commands her to attend his house fete. Here he dresses her in finery and promises to make a great lady of her, so that when her husband, who finding whither she had gone, bursts into the palace, she denies him. The heartbroken perfumer at first would return to the palace and in vengeance murder both his wife and the nobleman, but the old priest stays him, by showing him the crucifix, the emblem of Christian charity and making him swear he would never kill ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







Release Date:

22 September 1910 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Клятва и человек See more »

Filming Locations:

Paterson, New Jersey, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Who so transgresses will surely be punished
4 September 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A story based upon the presumed rights of feudal lords to any woman among the peasants they might fancy. After the noble commands a peasant's wife to go to his castle a revolt breaks out among the peasants and the couple are obliged to accept protection at the hands of the outraged husband. But vengeance other than his is meted out to them. They are forced to remain in hiding while the mob devastates everything within reach. Sometimes individuals want to mete out their own vengeance, but God's vengeance is quite as sure, though slower in coming, and usually it is worse when it does come. Ethical reasons exist for this, and the inexorable law, promulgated centuries ago, is the same to-day as it was then. This law cannot be evaded; it cannot be abrogated, but who so transgresses will surely be punished. - The Moving Picture World, October 8, 1910

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