Evangeline (1919 film)
Miriam Cooper and Alan Roscoe in still from film (Motion Picture Magazine, February 1920)
|Directed by||Raoul Walsh|
|Produced by||William Fox|
|Written by||Raoul Walsh (scenario)|
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
|Distributed by||Fox Film Corporation|
|6 reels (5,200 feet)|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Evangeline is a 1919 American silent drama film produced and distributed by the Fox Film Corporation and directed by Raoul Walsh. The star of the film was Walsh's wife at the time Miriam Cooper in the oft filmed story based on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem was filmed previously in 1908, 1911, and 1914.
As described in a film magazine, Evangeline (cooper) and Gabriel (Roscoe), young people of a small village, gain the consent of their parents and announce their wedding. On the morning of the wedding day, British soldiers land at the town and summon all the Acadians, who are of French descent, to the church where they read the King's order requiring their deportation. The marriage is thus prevented and the two lovers, during the deportation, loose sight of each other and end up in different localities. Released from surveillance, each sets out in search of the other. Their search continues until they are old when Gabriel, victim of a pestilence, is brought to an almshouse where Evangeline is a nurse to the afflicted. Here they are happy for a while until Gabriel's death occurs.
- Miriam Cooper as Evangeline
- Alan Roscoe as Gabriel
- Spottiswoode Aitken as Benedict Bellefontaine
- James A. Marcus as Basil
- Paul Weigel as Father Felician
- William A. Wellman as A British Lieutenant
- Progressive Silent Film List: Evangeline at silentera.com
- The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Evangeline
- "Reviews: Evangeline". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 9 (10): 62. August 30, 1919.
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