The Sealed Room (1909)

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Incorrectly reviewed by the trad magazine Variety under the title The Sealed Door, this Renaissance melodrama is among the best of D.W. Griffith's early Biographs. Clearly based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask of Amontillado, the film recounts the tragic romance between a young queen (Marion Leonard) and an amorous troubadour (Henry B. Walthall). To avoid detection by the King (Arthur V. Johnson), the queen and the troubadour use a tiny, secluded room in the castle tower as their love nest. But when the king discovers his wife's treachery, he seals both lovers in their trysting place. An epilogue, set several hundred years later, shows a group of tourists coming across the skeletons of the luckless couple. Mary Pickford appears as an extra in several scenes.



betrayal, love-triangle, murder, queen [royalty], romance, tourist, trapped