A Puritan Episode (1913)

Arthur Cartwright married, at the close of the Seventeenth Century in old England, Ruth Joyce, and to escape the old parents' wrath, fled to America, settling at Plymouth, Mass. Ruth's ... See full summary »
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Julia Stuart ... Miriam Joyce
Rosa V. Koch Rosa V. Koch ... Ruth, Miriam's Daughter
Clara Horton ... Alice, Miriam's Grandchild, Age 6
Mildred Bright Mildred Bright ... Alice, Miriam's Grandchild, Age 16
Frederick Truesdell ... Arthur Cartwright, Ruth's Husband (as Fred C. Truesdell)
Alec B. Francis ... Sir Richard Cartwright, Arthur's Father
Robert Frazer ... Abner Morton, Alice's Husband
Will E. Sheerer ... The Constable
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Arthur Cartwright married, at the close of the Seventeenth Century in old England, Ruth Joyce, and to escape the old parents' wrath, fled to America, settling at Plymouth, Mass. Ruth's mother accompanied them. Though they lived happy, they were completely isolated from their Puritan neighbors who had small tolerance for their faith. The time came when the Indians wrought death among them. Arthur and Ruth were slain in sight of Mistress Joyce and Alice, the baby. Mistress Joyce became demented from the shock. Because the Indians held an insane person sacred, she was saved from death. This led the Puritans to believe that Mistress Joyce was a witch and when she wandered back among them they seized her and planned to burn her at the stake. With the intent of treating Alice, now sixteen, in the same way they tore her from the Indians and imprisoned her. Her condition touched the old constable, who called in Abner Morton, a newly arrived conformist minister, to administer Christian ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1913 (USA) See more »

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Eclair American See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The play is finely produced
13 November 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

There is one feature of this otherwise most excellent picture which cannot be passed without comment. This is the common perversion of the historical fact perpetrated by the company in representing a white human being perishing at the stake in New England for the alleged crime of witchcraft, instead of on the gallows. The play is finely produced. There is an excellent cast, which includes Miss Stuart, Mr. Francis, Mr. Scheier, Mr. Frazer, Miss Bright and Mr. Wilson. One of the best pieces of work is by Miss Stuart, who, in her portrayal of the woman crazed by grief, is thrillingly realistic. All the participants are deserving of praise. - The Moving Picture World, September 20, 1913


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