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The Cardinal's Conspiracy (1909)

A royal woman rejects her arranged marriage. The cardinal hatches a plan: the suitor will shave and change clothes. He arranges with 4 clowns to stage an attack on the princess which he ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
James Kirkwood ... The Cardinal
Florence Lawrence ... Princess Angela
Frank Powell ... The Prince
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson
Edwin August
Charles Avery ... A Member of the Court
Kate Bruce
John R. Cumpson ... Comic Cutthroat / A Member of the Court
Thomas H. Ince
Arthur V. Johnson ... Comic Cutthroat
Rose King Rose King ... A Member of the Court
Owen Moore ... A Member of the Court
Barry O'Moore ... The King (as Herbert Yost) (unconfirmed)
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... Comic Cutthroat
Lottie Pickford ... Princess Angela's Servant
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A royal woman rejects her arranged marriage. The cardinal hatches a plan: the suitor will shave and change clothes. He arranges with 4 clowns to stage an attack on the princess which he easily repels. It works; the princess falls for him, especially when the cardinal arranges his arrest. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Richelieu or the Cardinal's Conspiracy See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The Biograph Girl and the Beard
5 November 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Princess Florence Lawrence ("The Biograph Girl") is fickle with men; she rejects bearded Frank Powell when he arrives for their royal wedding, and refuses to greet him with a kiss. The royal court is thrown asunder; so, court "Cardinal" James Kirkwood conspires to reintroduce lovely Ms. Lawrence to the dashing Mr. Powell. First, he has Powell shave his beard (leaving the moustache attached); then, he arranges to have Powell save Lawrence from a staged attack, by four men. As planned, Lawrence falls for her noble savior; but, later, she learns of the deception, and sends him away. Yet, she loves him…

The D.W. Griffith stock is more difficult to spot in costumed frocks. Lawrence is pretty as the Princess; she and Powell have fun playing for the "The Cardinal's Conspiracy". Griffith always makes the most out of a man's facial hair.

*** The Cardinal's Conspiracy (7/12/09) D.W. Griffith, Frank Powell ~ Florence Lawrence, Frank Powell


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