The Seats of the Mighty (1914)

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Produced by Colonial productions and released by the World Film Company, the six-reel Seats of the Mighty was based on the same-named novel by Sir Gilbert Parker. Though a prologue is set in the royal court of France (with such "celebrities" as Madames Pompadour and DuBarry in attendance) most of the film takes place in colonial Quebec. Lionel Barrymore leads the huge cast in this story of treachery and intrigue, with the outcome of the story contingent upon a packet of "secret papers." The best-known "name" in the picture was Lois Meredith, here making a meal of a remarkably small role. Slow going at times, Seats of the Mighty made up for its attenuated passages with a first-rate battle finale.