Love and the Law (1910)

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Director:

Edwin S. Porter

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Edwin S. Porter (scenario)
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Cast

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Edwin August ... David Copperfield
Charles Brabin ... (as Charles J. Brabin)
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A drama adapted from a portion of "David Copperfield," by Charles Dickens. The love story of David and Agnes Wickfield, the daughter of the old lawyer over whom Uriah Heep holds an influence, is the theme involved in this picture. The delightful character of Trotwood is a prominent one, and also our old friend Wilkins Micawber. Wickfield and Heep, the two lawyers, are shown after Uriah becomes a partner of Mr. Wickfield. David is brought by Miss Trotwood, his aunt, and introduced to Mr. Wickfield, her attorney, who agrees to accept David as a student in his office. At the time of the introduction Agnes Wickfield is on the scene, and there is a very pretty mutual attraction between the young people. Miss Trotwood surprises David by presenting him with two thousand pounds in Bank of England notes so that in the pursuit of his studies he will have ample funds to carry him along. As the story progresses we see that Uriah Heep, the oily hypocrite of Dickens' story, is very much in love ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1910 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An appreciation of the really important features
15 August 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A scene from "David Copperfield," by Charles Dickens. It is the well remembered incident of the hypothecated bonds which Uriah Heep expected to use to force Agnes to marry him. The story is closely followed and the actors have interpreted their parts with intelligence and discretion. It seems needless to go over the story, David Copperfield is known to every reader of English literature and probably a majority of those who see this film have rejoiced over the discomfiture of Uriah Heep and the happiness of David and Agnes. The staging and costuming of the play seem to represent the Dickens' story with as much accuracy as can reasonably be expected now. It is a difficult matter to stage a scene of this character so it will meet the objections of all cautions critics. But perhaps if the work is done as well as this it will be sufficient to satisfy most who will see it. Moreover, it will make the characters in this story who have been loved or detested, as the case may be, living entities, endowed with intelligence and the power of voluntary action. In this instance the work has not only been done with care, but it has been accompanied by an appreciation of the really important features which are not always noticeable in an elaborate picture of this character. - The Moving Picture World, September 3, 1910


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