The Impalement (1910)

Walter Avery is blessed with a most dutiful and loving wife, whose every endeavor and thought is to make him happy, but he being a man of the world, finds domestic life dull, and his wife's... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith




Credited cast:
Frank Powell ... Mr. Avery
Florence Barker ... Vergie
Alfred Paget ... The Butler
Kate Bruce ... The Maid
Francis J. Grandon ... The Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Verner Clarges Verner Clarges ... At Second Party
Charles Craig Charles Craig ... At First Party
Edward Dillon
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... A Servant
Guy Hedlund ... At Second Party
Dell Henderson ... At First Party / At Second Party
Arthur V. Johnson
Grace Lewis
Stephanie Longfellow Stephanie Longfellow
Jeanie Macpherson


Walter Avery is blessed with a most dutiful and loving wife, whose every endeavor and thought is to make him happy, but he being a man of the world, finds domestic life dull, and his wife's attentions boring. Hence, it is with eagerness that he accepts invitations to the different social functions. Accompanied by his wife, he attends a social gathering and there meets a young dancing girl, society's favorite entertainer. He is immediately obsessed with an infatuation for the girl, and it is evident that his feelings are reciprocated. Mrs. Avery's suspicions are aroused and she accuses him of undue attentions toward the dancer. He, of course, denies her accusations and cajoles her into believing that his thoughts are always only for her. Nevertheless, the time comes when she sees positive proof of his perfidy in a letter to him from the girl inviting him to attend a dinner at her house given in his honor, hoping he will not fail to grace the occasion. When he is about to leave for the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







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30 May 1910 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Stamford, Connecticut, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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Will unquestionably make a difference in some lives
15 June 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A remarkably dramatic film, ending so sensationally that it almost brings one to his feet. It displays to what extent the infatuation of a man for a woman not his wife can lead him. In this instance, supposing he had cause the death of his wife, the man himself dies, but so sensationally that the end must make a strong impression upon all who see it. The fact that a man may be infatuated with a woman not his wife is confirmed by too many unpleasant experiences of that character, but the punishment doesn't always come so swiftly and certainly. Neither does the unfortunate wife always awake to a realization of her fickle husband's worthlessness in time to save herself from endless sorrow, or some desperate act which either destroys her life, or in some other way mars her future. The lesson taught so dramatically here is salutary and will unquestionably make a difference in some lives. The Moving Picture World, June 11, 1910

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