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Decorated by the Legion of Honor for his services in the Imperial Guard, under the Emperor Napoleon, on the burning sands of Africa and the snows of Russia. Havresac, one of the Old Guard, ... See full summary
Decorated by the Legion of Honor for his services in the Imperial Guard, under the Emperor Napoleon, on the burning sands of Africa and the snows of Russia. Havresac, one of the Old Guard, in his second childhood, lives on the memories of his past. His niece, Melanie, works as a maker of artificial flowers and manages to keep a meager home over their heads. Two French officers, Colonel Weston and Colonel Millard, learning of their poverty and the past history of the old soldier, call at their home and provide for their needs. Colonel Weston falls in love with Melanie and asks her uncle's consent to their marriage. At first Havresac refuses, but later, he places Weston's hand in hers and gives them his blessing. Just after this has occurred, the old man hears the playing of the band of a passing regiment, and looking from the window. Insists upon taking his musket and joining the march. He is restrained by the Colonel and Melanie from leaving the room, but to satisfy the spark of his ...

Released as a split reel along with the documentary Governor Wilson (1913).

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    • Author: Hiclerlsi
    A dignified picture of an old veteran's last days; it is embellished by the love story of his daughter. James Young is both author and producer and deserves credit for the style of his production rather than for the originality of it. It is very well acted, with Charles Kent in the leading role, as "the old guard." Clara K. Young plays his daughter; James Young, the captain who falls in love with her; Tefft Johnson, the major, and Mr. Benly, Napoleon in the old man's dreams. The backgrounds are thoroughly French, and were probably taken in Quebec. They have been photographed beautifully. - The Moving Picture World, March 15, 1913
  • Cast overview:
    Charles Kent Charles Kent - Havresoc
    Clara Kimball Young Clara Kimball Young - Melanie
    James Young James Young - Colonel Weston
    Tefft Johnson Tefft Johnson - Colonel Millard
    Mr. Behn Mr. Behn - Napoleon
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