The Second Commandment (1915)

Deserting his wife and daughter, Richard Stevens flees with Mirza, the wife of a sun worshiper. The latter had been killed by Mirza while fighting a duel with Richard. A year later, ... See full summary »

Director:

Kenean Buel

Writer:

Harry O. Hoyt
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Dorothy Bernard ... Alice Stevens / Helen Royce
Guy Coombs ... Richard Stevens / Warren Stevens
John Mackin John Mackin ... Sahki - a Sunworshiper (as John E. Mackin)
Anna Q. Nilsson ... Mirza - Sahki's Wife
Robert Walker ... Clinton - a Christian Scientist (as Robert D. Walker)
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Deserting his wife and daughter, Richard Stevens flees with Mirza, the wife of a sun worshiper. The latter had been killed by Mirza while fighting a duel with Richard. A year later, Richard's wife dies, after entrusting her daughter to the care of a friend. At the same time, a son is born to Mirza. Seventy years pass. Warren Stevens, the grandson of Richard and Mirza, meets Helen Royce, the granddaughter of Richard and Alice. Helen is intensely religious, while Warren is the leader of a cult of image worshipers. While Warren's followers meet in his room at the hotel, he leaves by a window and robs their rooms of valuables. Warren falls in love with Helen. She refuses him because of his religion. Before renouncing it for Helen's sake, Warren is tempted to commit one more robbery. Fate causes him to enter the girl's room. Thus Helen becomes aware of Richard's character. Shortly afterward, Helen's father dies in spite of the best of medical attention. The girl becomes interested in ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Sun Worship, Catholicism and Christian Science
14 December 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Love, heredity and three religions battle for supremacy in this three-part film drama, by Harry O. Hoyt. Sun Worship, Catholicism and Christian Science are the trio of beliefs in the struggle, with "Mother Eddy's" doctrine the winner. The character drawing and human interest in the drama are of excellent quality, but in fashioning his material into a play, the author displays no great amount of skill. Producer Kenean Buel, Guy Coombs, Dorothy Bernard John C. Mecklin and Anna Nillson have all done their work well. - The Moving Picture World, April 24, 1915


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1915 (USA) See more »

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Kalem Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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