Ivanhoe (1913 U.S. film)

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Ivanhoe
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Directed by Herbert Brenon
Produced by IMP (production company)
Written by Herbert Brenon
Starring King Baggot
Leah Baird
Herbert Brenon
Evelyn Hope
Walter Craven
Distributed by Universal Film Manufacturing Company
Release dates
September 22, 1913 (1913-09-22)
Running time
48 minutes (4 reels)
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

Ivanhoe is a 1913 silent adventure/drama motion picture starring King Baggot, Leah Baird, Herbert Brenon, Evelyn Hope, and Walter Craven.

Directed by Herbert Brenon and produced by Carl Laemmle's Independent Moving Pictures after IMP was absorbed into the newly founded Universal, which was the distributor, the screenplay was adapted by Brenon based on the epic historical novel of the same title by Sir Walter Scott.

One of the first expeditions abroad, Ivanhoe was filmed on location in England.

A copy of this early feature length production is preserved at the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

Synopsis[edit]

Set in late 12th century England, this silent adventure is filled with pageantry and excitement as it chronicles the star-crossed love between a dashing knight and a beautiful Jewish maiden.

Wilfred of Ivanhoe (played by King Baggot), son of Sir Cedric (played by Wallace Bosco), returns to England from the Crusades in the Holy Land. As Ivanhoe, disguised, discovers that his beloved Lady Rowena (played by Evelyn Hope) has remained faithful, two weary travelers, Isaac of York (played by Herbert Brenon) and his pretty daughter Rebecca (played by Leah Baird), are admitted to Sir Cedric's castle, but after the knights learn that Isaac has money they abduct the visitors to the Norman stronghold of Torquilstone Castle.

When Ivanhoe realizes that Sir Cedric and Rowena have also been captured, he enters the forest, where he meets Robin Hood (played by Walter Thomas) and the Black Knight, actually King Richard, the Lion-Hearted (played by Walter Craven). Their band defeats de Bois in battle, but the villain escapes with Rebecca, later charging her with sorcery.

As Ivanhoe defeats de Bois in single combat, King Richard arrives, revealing his identity and reclaiming the crown from his traitorous brother, Prince John (played by George Courtenay).

Sadly, Rebecca must undergo a period of suffering, as well as come to terms with the loss of the man she loves, and witness the nuptials of her gallant Ivanhoe and the beautiful Rowena.

Cast[edit]

  • King Baggot as Wilfred of Ivanhoe
  • Leah Baird as Rebecca of York
  • Herbert Brenon as Isaac of York
  • Evelyn Hope as Lady Rowena
  • Walter Craven as Richard, the Lion-Hearted
  • Wallace Widdicombe as Sir Brian de Bois - Guilbert
  • Walter Thomas as Robin Hood
  • Wallace Bosco as Sir Cedric, Ivanhoe's Father
  • Helen Downing as Elgitha
  • Jack Bates as Reginald Front-de Boeuf
  • R. Hollies as Friar Tuck
  • George Courtenay as Prince John
  • William Calvert as Gurth
  • A. J. Charlwood as Athelstane
  • Maurice Norman as Wamba, the Jester

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