The Octoroon (1913)

In the period before the Civil War, a young man returns to his hometown of New Orleans after having been gone for a long time. He soon meets and falls in love with an "octoroon", a young ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Olcott

Writers:

Dion Boucicault (play), Gene Gauntier
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Cast

Cast overview:
Guy Coombs ... George Payton
Marguerite Courtot ... Zoe - the Octoroon
Alice Joyce ... Undetermined Role (unconfirmed)
Robert G. Vignola ... Wahnotte - an Indian
Helen Lindroth ... Mrs. Peyton
Harry F. Millarde ... Scudder
Miriam Cooper ... Dora Sunnyside
Benjamin Ross Benjamin Ross ... McCloskey (as Benjamin Ross)
Robert Patterson ... Paul - a Quadroon Boy

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In the period before the Civil War, a young man returns to his hometown of New Orleans after having been gone for a long time. He soon meets and falls in love with an "octoroon", a young woman who is one-eighth black. However, since the "one-drop" laws--anyone having as little as one drop of "Negro" blood in them is still considered black, and therefore subject to be sold as a slave--are still in effect, the girl is sold at auction and purchased by an evil and murderous overseer. The young man sets out to free his love from the clutches of the evil slaver. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Short | Drama

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A very commendable offering
22 January 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Dion Boucicault's well-remembered melodrama of passionate love and deep villainy, set in Louisiana before the war and filled with tremendous situations, is here picturized. It is in three reels and is very effectively done; will make a very acceptable offering. In many ways it goes ahead of the Vitagraph version, which was in two reels; it is more elaborate and the settings are much better, but further comparison would hardly be profitable. Both are excellent pictures; we happen to like the one we have just seen more and think it better. Those Southern home scenes in-doors are perfect, as are the outdoor scenes in the Southern woods. Then the boat fire (for the villain, McCloskey, sets the steamboat on fire in order to escape) is vividly suggested. But the whole picture is filled with fine things; is not greatly acted, but makes a very commendable offering. The photography is well nigh perfect. - The Moving Picture World, December 13, 1913


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The White Slave See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kalem Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Three reels)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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