A Change of Heart (1909)

Run Time - 11 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Directed by D.W. Griffith, Change of Heart was a standard-issue Biograph subject. The film begins on a sordid note, as a group of rapacious young men draw up a pact to "deflower" an innocent country girl. The boys hoodwink the heroine with a phony marriage, with one of the conspirators posing as the minister. At the last moment, the phony cleric finds he can't go through with it, and confesses all to the girl. His example is followed by his friends, who instantly display remorse for their wicked ways and promise to reform. Out of gratitude, the girl marries her "savior" in a genuine wedding ceremony. Location scenes for this one-reel morality play were shot in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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hero, love, marriage, rape, rescue, virgin