File No. 113 (1915)

Valentine de la Verberie rejects the suit of Jean Lazet, for she loves Gaston de Clameran. In a café, Lazet makes a slurring reference to Valentine, and Gaston, overhearing the remark, ... See full summary »


Émile Gaboriau (story)


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Cast overview:
Louise Vale ... Valentine de la Verherie
Ivan Christy ... Gaston
Franklin Ritchie Franklin Ritchie ... Louis
Laura La Varnie Laura La Varnie ... The Countess (as Mrs. LaVarnie)
Jack Drumier Jack Drumier ... Fauvel - the Banker
Gretchen Hartman ... Madeleine
Alan Hale ... Prosper
William Jefferson ... Raoul
Hector V. Sarno Hector V. Sarno ... Lecoq


Valentine de la Verberie rejects the suit of Jean Lazet, for she loves Gaston de Clameran. In a café, Lazet makes a slurring reference to Valentine, and Gaston, overhearing the remark, strikes him. In the melee that ensues. Gaston stabs Lazet. He has to flee the country. After his father's death his brother, Louis, comes into the estate. Valentine gives birth to a son, and her mother places the child in the care of foster parents. The countess then takes Valentine to Paris, where she marries the banker Fauvel. Twenty years later, Louis, now penniless, discovers that Valentine has made a wealthy marriage. Determined to profit by what he knows of her past, he visits the old peasant to whose care the infant was entrusted. He is informed that the child died of croup eighteen months after its birth. Louis then determines to substitute his champion, Raoul, for the dead boy. He presents himself at the Fauvel home and introduces Raoul to Valentine as her lost son. To keep the secret from her ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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26 January 1915 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Well staged and acted
1 September 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A well-told story and well staged and acted. Louise Vale has the role of Valentine, who as a young woman brings into the world a son, who immediately is taken from her by her mother, the Countess. Hers is a skillful portrayal of the woman who loses prospective husband and is robbed of her, or their, son, only to be confronted twenty or more years later with a reminder of her early misfortunes in the guise of the real son, but actually a swindler, trading on both her maternal love and her fear of discovery by her banker husband and young daughter. Franklin Ritchie is Louis, who becomes master of the family estate following the death of his father and the disappearance of his brother, Valentine's lover, when in self defense he has too vigorously taken his own part against his rival. It is Louis who aspires to rob Valentine through imposing on her one of his confederates when later in life, after dissipating his fortune, he has fallen into evil ways. William Jefferson is Raoul, the bogus son. Jack Drumier is Fauvel, the husband of Valentine. Hector V. Sarno is Lecoq. Alan Hale is Prosper, the clerk of Fauvel, wrongly accused of robbing his employer's vault. Gretchen Hartman is Madeleine, the daughter of Fauvel, and in love with Prosper. There are dramatic situations. One that particularly stands out is where the smooth Louis brings Raoul to the home of Valentine and introduces him to the matron as the son she had not seen since the hour of his birth. Here is a real opportunity for strong acting. A thrilling scene is the battle with pistols when the two thieves quarrel over the spoils. The lamp is extinguished; the flashes vividly show what is happening. The ending is a happy one. Lecoq, in the office of the police chief, tells Valentine Raoul is not her son; furthermore, Fauvel continues to believe Raoul was only a nephew; Valentine's great secret remains a secret. - The Moving Picture World, February 13, 1915

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