The Duke's Plan (1910)

Run Time - 11 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This Biograph costume drama was set in France during the era of King Louis XIII. Upon learning that her father intends to marry her off to a doddering old Duke, the heroine declares her eternal devotion to a handsome young squire. The Duke decides to eliminate the competition by framing the squire on a charge of treason, thereby assuring the young man's execution. Overhearing this plan, the girl disguises herself as a boy and heads to the local tavern where her sweetheart spends his evening. She then inveigles the unsuspecting squire into drinking himself into a stupor, in full view of several witnesses. Thus, the Duke's plan is foiled; after all, how could he have been conspiring with the Enemy when he was dead drunk? Running 985 feet (approximately 12 minutes), The Duke's Plan represented actor Frank Grandin's first film for director D.W.Griffith.