The Wives of Jamestown (1913)

Bryan O'Sullivan, an Irish lad of humble birth, rescues Lady Geraldine from drowning as her boat capsizes, thereby meriting her lasting gratitude. Forgetful of his station, Bryan falls ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Olcott

Writer:

Gene Gauntier
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gene Gauntier ... Lady Geraldine
J.J. Clark ... Bryan O'Sullivan (as Jack J. Clark)
Helen Lindroth ... Anna McCarthy
Robert G. Vignola ... Shamus O'Daly
J.P. McGowan ... The O'Rourke
George P. Lester George P. Lester ... Col. Prentiss
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Bryan O'Sullivan, an Irish lad of humble birth, rescues Lady Geraldine from drowning as her boat capsizes, thereby meriting her lasting gratitude. Forgetful of his station, Bryan falls madly in love with Lady Geraldine, who momentarily listens to his pleadings. Her acceptance of attentions from O'Rourke angers Bryan and he upbraids her for falseness. The nobleman draws his sword, but Bryan wrenches it from his hand and breaks it to pieces. Knowing that he cannot now remain, Bryan bids farewell to Lady Geraldine and sails for America. Bryan O'Sullivan, Irishman, becomes John Pierce, Colonist of Jamestown, Virginia. Years later Lady Geraldine suffers many vicissitudes; her castle is besieged by the Cromwellians and she with many others is sent to Jamestown to be sold to the colonists as wives. John Pierce is startled to see Lady Geraldine, but she fails to recognize him because of a heavy beard. Seeing that he is an honest man, she offers to become his wife. He takes her to his cottage ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1913 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaufort, County Kerry, Ireland See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kalem Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Kalem Company is to be thanked for giving it to us.
18 June 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

It is difficult adequately to describe this beautiful production without creating the impression that the writer is indulging in exaggerated language. Gene Gauntier has never done stronger work than she does in these two reels. Nor has Jack Clark. There is a wealth of incident to hold the attention throughout, no "padding" to make 2,000 feet. There are fine outdoor settings, as the scene in front of the castle where Bryan with his flute plays for Lady Geraldine; of the meadow, with the brook in the background, and the cows grazing; of the garden where Bryan surprises Lady Geraldine; on the ship bearing Bryan away from Ireland, the shores and hills of Old Erin in the distance; of the canoe in which the new-comer descends the placid river to Jamestown to attend the sale of wives and also the return of John Pierce and his bride over the same route, these latter scenes marking an especially striking piece of photography, although this is fine throughout; the grove where was staged the sale of the women from the other side. Above and beyond all else in this feature, however, is the dramatic quality. There are many "big scenes," too many to enumerate. It is a story that reaches the heart, stirs it, thrills it. The Kalem Company is to be thanked for giving it to us. Sidney Olcott made the picture. The hand of a master and an artist shows in the making. It is to be assumed that George Hollister operated the camera. It is in a picture of this rank that the importance of a cameraman bulks big. Don't miss seeing "The Wives of Jamestown." - The Moving Picture World, January 25, 1913


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