When Kings Were the Law (1912)

Over the Kingdom of Romanda there reigned a King who was greatly influenced by his favorite, whom he devotedly loved. He presents her with a necklace of fabulous worth and enjoins that she ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

Wilfred Lucas
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Cast overview:
Wilfred Lucas ... The King of Romanda
Edwin August ... The King's Cousin
Dorothy Bernard ... The King's Favorite
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... The Cardinal
Claire McDowell ... A Lady-in-Waiting
Kate Toncray Kate Toncray ... A Lady-in-Waiting
Christy Cabanne ... A Courtier
Frank Opperman Frank Opperman ... The Bishop
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Over the Kingdom of Romanda there reigned a King who was greatly influenced by his favorite, whom he devotedly loved. He presents her with a necklace of fabulous worth and enjoins that she never part with it, which command she swears by the stars to keep. About this time an impecunious cousin of the King calls to beg the loan of money, which is refused. The favorite promises to intercede for him. The cardinal and the favorite are bitter enemies because of her thwarting many of his pet schemes, and he plans a revenge by inciting jealousy in the King. The scheme he devises is to have the necklace missing and found in the cousin's pocket. The plan succeeds so well that the King condemns the seemingly guilty pair to an air-tight chamber, where they would have suffocated to death had not the lady-in-waiting, who helped in the plot, become horror-stricken and confessed. The cardinal himself was plunged into the depths of remorse, as he did not think the scheme would drive the impetuous King... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1912 (USA) See more »

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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 early scenes, while clearly dramatic, are much weaker
19 November 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A picture in the costumes of the period of Louis XIII, when Richelieu was a power in France. The king of this picture is not Louis, but has a very dim likeness to him; the picture's cardinal is even less like the great Richelieu, yet the picture, throughout, strongly suggests that time and court. It has a very strong last scene, in which the king has his "favorite" and his cousin entombed alive together, because he suspects them, unjustly. But the early scenes, while clearly dramatic, are much weaker. The scenes and backgrounds pass very well for Versailles and its courts and fountains. The acting is graceful and competent. There are many figures. These, with its thrilling, but happily ending climax, make it a desirable picture. The photographs are very good indeed. - The Moving Picture World, June 1, 1912


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