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Her Terrible Ordeal (1910)

A young secretary is locked in an airtight vault by a robber. Only her boss knows the combination, and he is off on a journey. Can the boss's son locate his absent-minded father before it is too late for the girl?


D.W. Griffith


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
George Nichols ... Mr. Curtis
Owen Moore ... Jack
Florence Barker ... Alice
Charles Craig Charles Craig ... Jack's Rival
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... The Peddler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Harron ... At Station
Violet Mersereau
W. Chrystie Miller ... Extra
Charles West Charles West


An absent-minded business man is about to be off on a journey. He leaves his son and his secretary (who, unbeknownst to him, are in love) in charge of the office. The two soon find the boss's wallet on the floor, and the son rushes off to catch up with his father. While he's gone, a poor vendor seizes the opportunity to turn robber. He grabs the secretary's purse and locks her in the airtight vault. The son returns, and soon he becomes aware of his beloved's plight. He doesn't know and cannot find the combination to the vault, so off he goes again to catch dear old dad. He just misses dad's train and sends a telegram ahead to have his father return immediately. But dad wasn't on the train. He had forgotten important papers that he needed for the trip. Now he's back at the office, blissfully unaware that his secretary is dying just a few feet away. Then off he goes again. The son returns and is told (by a man who was unaware of the secretary's plight) that he has just missed his father... Written by Geezer Noir

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Release Date:

10 January 1910 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ее страшное испытание See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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No Heart
28 May 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

There is absolutely no heart in this film whatsoever. You could have a talented director, a well-developed script, a good cast, superb locations and advanced technical skills, but unless there is heart and soul in the film it is a dead loss. I was bored to tears watching this. What on earth was Griffith thinking of when he filmed it? He doesn't inspire me in the least. One or two of his projects may be okay, but the vast body of his work is somewhat to be desired. I rate this 3 out of 10 and that's being generous. I think the title is apt: it was a terrible ordeal to watch it. You can't produce a conveyor belt of creativity. A film is a work of art and needs to be an expression of the soul.

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