At the Old Crossed Roads (1914)

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At the Old Crossed Roads was a five-reel adaptation of the same-named stage play by Charles Alston. Set in the post-Civil War South, the film goes off on several plot directions, but the one which commands the most attention concerns the efforts by plantation owner Colonel Kerr (Master Martin) to marry an ex-slave woman, Eliza Morton (Mrs. Stuart Robson). Compounding this "outrage," the Colonel tries to force a marriage between his son (played by Frank L. Dear, the film's director) and an octoroon maiden named Parepa Mendoza (Esta Williams). It turns out, however, that Parepa is not of mixed blood, enabling her to marry the son without fomenting more animosity from the Colonel's enemies. The racist overtones of At the Old Crossed Roads would obviously not be acceptable today.

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