Down Through the Ages (1912)

Two American tourists visiting the temple of Karnak at Luxor, Egypt, are transported back in time to the days of the Pharoahs.


Sidney Olcott


Gene Gauntier


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Cast overview:
J.J. Clark ... Jack Lawrence / Mefres (as Jack J. Clark)
Gene Gauntier ... Miriam Morris / Kama
J.P. McGowan ... Henry Morris / High Priest
Robert G. Vignola ... Count Maspero / Herbor


In a party of tourists visiting the ancient temples of Egypt, we find Miriam with her father and a persistent suitor, a French count. In the party is also an old sweetheart of Miriam's, Jack Lawrence, whose proposal of marriage has been half rejected. The tourists plan an excursion to the ruined city of Thebes, and Jack determines to make a last effort to win Miriam's heart. Becoming separated from her people Miriam sits down in the royal tomb and falls asleep. In her dream her soul returns to past ages and she finds herself as Kama, the beggar maid, within the temples of Karnak. Mefres, the priest, at the sight of the pretty beggar maid forgets his vows in his love for Kama. Herhor informs the high priest of Mefres' conduct. The high priest promptly banishes the unfortunate Mefres, who goes to inform Kama of his punishment, which means death to their love. Unable to bear the loss of love, the priest plans to take the golden treasure from Pharaoh's tomb and with it fly from the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short







Release Date:

4 September 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxor, Egypt

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kalem Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A conventional story against a background of the ancient temples and statues of Egypt
4 February 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

In this picture, Gene Gauntier, Jack Clark and others of the Kalem Company now in Europe, play a conventional story against a background of the ancient temples and statues of Egypt. The plot is only so so; but keeps the story clear and serves its purpose which is to use the courts and porches of these great temples. The story goes back into old days; but doesn't succeed in making them seem real. What it does do is to make the backgrounds more interesting than a mere travelogue would be, at least to the average spectator, and because of this, it is a success. It is a release that is desirable, well photographed and deeply interesting. - The Moving Picture World, September 21, 1912

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