The Feudal Debt (1912)

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Produced by Hollywood's first permanent movie company, Nestor, this one-reel melodrama featured Harold Lockwood and Dorothy Davenport (the wife of Wallace Reid in real life) as lovers whose families are, as the film's advertising promised, "bound in a senseless feud to the death." London-born director Thomas Ricketts was Nestor's head of melodrama. The former stage actor and playwright's best-known film was the early exploitation melodrama Damaged Goods starring matinee idol Richard Bennett and his wife, Adrienne Morrison. Ricketts remained in films as an actor until his death in January of 1939. He last played one of the villagers in Son of Frankenstein (1939).