Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Avenging Conscience (1914)

The Avenging Conscience (a.k.a. Thou Shalt Not Kill) (1914)

Directed by D.W. Griffith
Cast Henry B. Walthall ... The Nephew
Spottiswoode Aitken ... The Uncle
Blanche Sweet ... His Sweetheart
George Siegmann ... The Italian
Ralph Lewis ... The Detective
Mae Marsh ... The Maid
Robert Harron ... The Grocery Boy George Beranger

D.W. Griffith presents a visually exciting melodrama inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe stories The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart and the poem Annabel Lee. A young man's love affair is thwarted by his moralistic and domineering uncle. The young man realizes that if he were to murder his uncle, he could do whatever he desired. But can his sanity and conscience survive such an act or would he be tormented by his callous and selfish actions for the rest of his life? 68 Minutes - Music score arranged by Jack Hardy

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