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A Strange Meeting (1909)

Mary is coerced into helping with a burglary of a minister's apartment. Later she repents and goes to the minister's storefront mission to help.


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Stephanie Longfellow Stephanie Longfellow ... Mary Rollins
Arthur V. Johnson ... Reverend John Stanton
Henry B. Walthall ... Mary's Father
Frank Powell ... Mary's Brother
Kate Bruce ... The Concerned Mother
Billy Quirk ... The Drunken Son (as William A. Quirk)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ... At Party
John R. Cumpson ... At Party
James Kirkwood ... At Party
Florence La Badie
Wilfred Lucas
Owen Moore ... At Party
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... In Congregation
Lottie Pickford ... At Party
Mary Pickford


In a Bowery dance-hall we find Mary Rollins associated with those poor souls who walk in the Valley of the Shadow of Death. One of their number is a youth whose mother appears and tries to get him away from the place, but appeals are in vain and she goes to the little mission, where she finds Rev. John Stanton, the pastor, who is the good shepherd willing to seek the lost one. Stanton's entrance in the dance hall occasions vile derision from the mob, and, indeed, they would have assaulted him, had he not cowed them by an exhibition of his forced aggressiveness. Here he meets Mary, through whose glance he sees a pure soul which is being forced into the quagmire of crime by conditions. Before leaving with the boy, Stanton hands around cards on which is printed Psalm 23. These lines impress her so deeply that she is drawn to the little mission to hear the words of encouragement preached by the kindly spirited Mr. Stanton. How strongly do the words of holy writ, "Let them be ashamed who ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Robbing the Reverend
5 November 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Arthur V. Johnson (as Reverend John Stanton) is a "good shepherd" minister; he interrupts a sermon to rescue a mother's son from a drunken party, and returns to praise the Lord. While some ministers pass around collection plates, Mr. Johnson reaches into his pocket to give an offering to needy bums. Enter Stephanie Longfellow (as Mary Rollins); she is in cahoots with thieves Frank Powell and Henry B. Walthall - the three are going to disobey the commandment "Thou Shalt Not Steal" in earnest, by robbing Preacher Stanton! But, Mr. Johnson feels an urge for Ms. Longfellow, and she gets an itch to repent. Predictable.

*** A Strange Meeting (8/2/09) D.W. Griffith ~ Arthur V. Johnson, Stephanie Longfellow, Henry B. Walthall

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2 August 1909 (USA) See more »

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