Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight (1913)

In the days of Oliver Cromwell, justice was swift and merciless. The poem, "Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight," concerns the adventures of a young follower of King Charles, who was captured, ... See full summary »

Writers:

Lloyd Lonergan (scenario) (as Lloyd F. Lonergan), Rose Thorpe (poem)
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Florence La Badie ... Bessie - a Village Maiden
William Russell ... Basil Underwood - a Cavalier (as Mr. Russell)
Arthur Bauer Arthur Bauer ... Oliver Cromwell (as Mr. Bauer)
Charles Fisher Charles Fisher ... Sim - the Aged Village Sexton (as Mr. Fisher)
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In the days of Oliver Cromwell, justice was swift and merciless. The poem, "Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight," concerns the adventures of a young follower of King Charles, who was captured, tried and sentenced to die "at the ringing of the curfew," the bell which announced that the day was over. The young man had a sweetheart, Bessie, who failing to win over his stern judges, finally appealed to the village sexton, urging him not to ring the curfew, hoping that thereby the execution would not take place. The aged sexton loved her as though she had been his own child, but refused to shirk his duty, although he knew it meant her lover's death. At the last moment inspiration came to the girl. She ran into the church, and by a ladder "none had trod in hundreds of years," reached the belfry. To silence the bell she seized the iron clapper, and desperately clung to it while it swung her far out into space. Plans for execution were all made, but the bell did not ring. The puzzled officers ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1913 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A first-class one-reel offering
20 January 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A brief dramatic episode, based on the famous poem of Cromwell's time, showing how the girl swings on the bell and saves her lover from death. Florence La Badie and William Russell are the lovers; the part of the sexton was well handled. A first-class one-reel offering, free from padding and in good proportion all through. - The Moving Picture World, December 6, 1913


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