The Stolen Melody (1913)

A young music publisher loves the daughter of a composer whose music has been stolen.


Lem B. Parker


Malcolm Douglas


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Cast overview:
Harold Lockwood ... Henry Richard - Music Publisher
Kathlyn Williams ... Miss Burmeister - the Musician's Daughter
Al Ernest Garcia ... Richard Davidge (as A.E. Garcia)
Al W. Filson Al W. Filson ... Rudolph Burmeister - an Old Musician


Rudolph Burmeister, an old musician in straightened circumstances, is shown composing at a piano. Suddenly his face lights up, as the inspired melody fills the air. He repeats it and then writes it on music paper. In the room above the old musician, lives Richard Davidge, a keen-eared young man, who is also poor, but whose face is filled with the look of lurking evil. He listens with quickening interest to the music of the old master. The new melody fascinates him and he writes it down as he bears it. Then he rushes out with it. The old musician calls his daughter and she listens to the air, and is at once thrilled with the haunting beauty of the melody. The scene shifts to the office of Henry Richard, a popular publisher, when Richard Davidge appears with his freshly written manuscript. He knows the value of his discovery and plays it in a fashion that wins the publisher, and he gets it on a royalty basis, with $500 in advance. Time passes. The old musician has been seriously ill, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







Release Date:

21 May 1913 (USA) See more »

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It very closely resembles "The Stolen Symphony"
10 September 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Among the regular releases, not counting comedies, this offering seemed to take best with the audience. It is conventional in outline; but is pleasingly acted, fairly well set and photographed, and dramatic. At two or three points, and these the pivotal places from which the story gets its interest, it very closely resembles "The Stolen Symphony," produced for the Lubin people by Arthur Johnson, a picture which was much better in every way. If the author, Malcolm Douglas, has not seen the former offering, he deserves credit, otherwise not much. Lem Parker produced it with Al Filson in the cast as an old composer whose beautiful melody is overheard by Al Ernest Garcia, a fraudulent musician, who writes it out and sells it for an original composition. The heroine and daughter of the composer, Kathlyn Williams, is the means of bringing him to justice with the help of Harold Lockwood, a publisher. The photography is very good. - The Moving Picture World, June 7, 1913

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