The Confederate Spy (1910)

A story of the Civil War. Scene I: John Ward's Bride. The Home Coming. It is the early summer of 1857. Assembled along the path leading down from the broad verandas of comfortable old ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Olcott

Writer:

Gene Gauntier
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Gene Gauntier
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A story of the Civil War. Scene I: John Ward's Bride. The Home Coming. It is the early summer of 1857. Assembled along the path leading down from the broad verandas of comfortable old southern home to the river is a group of negroes. They are the plantation slaves waiting to welcome the new mistress. Happy, contented and well cared for, they are as joyous and noisy as a bunch of school children just dismissed. From the house comes an old negro waving a cane to silence the crowd. It is Uncle Daniel to whom all the administration of the estate is entrusted. Following him comes his young master, John Ward, and his bride. Each woolly head bends submissively as they pass. Now Uncle Daniel introduces the new mistress and a shout of welcome is given to an accompaniment of glistening teeth and rolling white eyes. Scene II: Three Years Later. John Ward Starts tor the War. Scene III: The Guerrilla's Insult. Scene IV: The Guerrilla Takes Possession of the Ward House. Scene V: Uncle Daniel ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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spy | civil war | confederacy | racism | See All (4) »

Genres:

Short | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1910 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Kalem Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Graphically represents what the war cost the Confederacy
4 March 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A Civil War story in which a young lieutenant is sent on a dangerous mission to secure certain Federal plans, but is wounded and the papers are delivered by a faithful old colored servant. The first scene, a typical Southern plantation home before the war, is beautiful and is, perhaps, a sufficient reason for the picture, if there was no story connected with it. Much good will be done by presenting to those who know nothing about such scenes a reproduction of them. Perhaps in that way a better understanding of the character of the Southern people can be disseminated. There is a scene, too, of a deserted cabin in an almost impenetrable swamp, with the picture of the mistress of the beautiful home forced to that hovel for refuge. The contrast is almost a shock and graphically represents what the war cost the Confederacy. The film is well acted and the setting is also good. The steady improvement in the quality of these films is noticeable and the firm deserves commendation for their good work. - The Moving Picture World, February 19, 1910


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