The Awakening (1909)

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Running 691 feet (approximately eight and a half minutes), D.W. Griffith's The Awakening was advertised as a "Contemporary romance" by its parent studio Biograph. To collect an inheritance, a young soldier (Arthur Johnson) must get married immediately. The hero's lawyer selects a convent-bred girl (Mary Pickford) as a likely bride. The soldier makes it plain to his new wife that theirs will be an "in name only" marriage. In keeping with this policy, the girl is left alone on the honeymoon, while the husband makes merry with his pals. Slowly but surely, however, the husband awakens to the fact that he is truly in love with the girl, whereupon she gratefully leaps into his arms (instead of punching him in the mouth, which would have doubtlessly pleased the audience. The Awakening was partially filmed in the Hudson Palisades community of Edgewater, New Jersey.

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honeymoon, inheritance, lawyer, love, marriage, marriage-arranged, marriage-of-convenience, romance, soldier