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The Eavesdropper (1909)

Hidalgo offers his daughter's hand in marriage when he can't repay a loan to Manuella. But when Manuella overhears the daughter bidding farewell to her lover, he is so moved by their devotion that he cancels the debt.


D.W. Griffith


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Charles Inslee ... Hidalgo
David Miles ... Manuella
Marion Leonard ... Mercedes
Linda Arvidson ... Mercedes' Friend
Barry O'Moore ... Carlos (as Herbert Yost)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clara T. Bracy
Florence Lawrence
Owen Moore ... Man
Harry Solter Harry Solter


The inevitable result of eavesdropping is at best a pseudo-gratification, for the listener rarely hears anything of a pleasant nature. An old Spanish Hidalgo becomes deeply involved in financial reverses and Manuella, a wealthy ranchero, helps him out. However, things have gone from bad to worse, and the old man finds himself at the mercy of Manuella, who, while not of the Draconian nature, of course expects his money or the security. He calls to apprise the old man that his notes are overdue, and insists upon a settlement, which the poor old fellow is unable to do. While there he meets Mercedes, the old man's beautiful daughter, and falls deeply in love with her, and offers to cancel the obligations for the daughter's hand in marriage. Now Mercedes is enamored of Carlos, a poor peon of the village, whom she loves in return and when the suggestion of the ranchero is broached she indignantly repulses it. However, upon realizing her poor father's condition she decides to make the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







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3 May 1909 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with The Suicide Club (1909). See more »

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Depth of Field
23 February 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

The 34 year old D.W. Griffith is growing up in the industry through short films like this one. He creates the pre-cursor to the close-up in the form of what was called an Iris-in. He's kind of like a Rembrandt, painting moving pictures with careful brush strokes.

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