I Accuse (1916)
THE GAUMONT COMPANY PRESENTS
in MARJORIE HOWES POWERFUL DRAMA
"I ACCUSE" in 5 ACTS
To-Nite 5 - 10
Produced Under the Personal Direction of William F. Haddock.
BY MARJORIE HOWE
Dramatized for the screen by George Proctor
Robert Gray, a brilliant young lawyer, who has just been elevated to the bench, is in love with Eloise, daughter of the Rev. Morgan Landman, rector of the village church. Though well beloved by his flock, the rector has one failing -- an ungovernable temper, which is evidenced when he discharges his coachman for a trivial offence. Unknown to anybody excepting the rector, Abel Harrison has a mortgage on the rector's home. James Harrison, the son, is also in love with Eloise. When James proposes to Eloise she refuses him, and he taunts her with loving the judge, who has never asked for her love. The rector, coming on the scene, canes James.
James induces his good-for-nothing brother Luke to take the job at the rector's left open by the discharge of the coachmen.
Emboldened by his successful career, the judge proposes to Eloise and is accepted. They are about to be married when James Harrison comes to the judge and demands the arrest of the rector on a charge of murder. James says that the rector murdered his brother Luke, and produces numerous witnesses with seemingly conclusive proof. Much against his will the judge is forced to issue the warrant and hear the case. The rector is found guilty of manslaughter and given a long term by the judge.
Meanwhile, in order not to hinder his career, Eloise refuses to marry the judge until her father is vindicated. James finds that he holds a mortgage on the Landman home, and turns Eloise and her brother Harold out of the house. Judge Gray tries to raise a loan to help Eloise, but the banker to whome he applies is the father of the girl, Alice Ward, whose advances the judge had received coldly. She blocks the loan.
Five years later, James Harrison, now a church warden, is haunted by memories of the rector. Thinking he sees the rector in his old pulpit, he drops the collection plate and falls unconscious to the floor. The ordeal affects his mind and body. Meanwhile, Luke, the good-for-nothing brother, is discharged from prison where he has been serving a minor offence. Luke is in the power of an evil man, who demands money. Luke tries to raise money from his brother, at whose house he is staying, concealing his identity from everybody but his brother James.
Refused by James, Luke puts his room in disorder, leaving blood stains and manufacturing evidence of a probable murder. The old servants take the story to Judge Gray, who orders the arrest of James Harrison.
At the trial, the jury failed to agree. The old servants come and ask the judge to go to the home, where they are haunted by strange noises. The judge finds Luke Harrison hiding in the closet.
The appearance of Luke in the flesh automatically brings about the rlease of the rector. His story causes the convition of James Harrison. The rector is reinstated in his position in the church and in the hearts of his parishioners. Eloise and Judge Gray are married by the rector a few days later.
with Alexander Gaden, W.J. Butler, and Helen Marten. Directed by William F. Haddock. Gaumont/Mutual.
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Last Modified April 24, 2008