The Price of Ambition (1911)

Donna Elvira, the beautiful daughter of an old Spanish family, is ambitions to marry a man of wealth, who will shower his countless riches upon her. With this selfish aim, she rejects the ... See full summary »

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George Melford
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Alice Joyce ... Donna Elvira
Carlyle Blackwell ... Cesare
George Melford ... Don Manuel
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Donna Elvira, the beautiful daughter of an old Spanish family, is ambitions to marry a man of wealth, who will shower his countless riches upon her. With this selfish aim, she rejects the offer of marriage from Cesare, an honest young man of noble character, and gives her hand to Don Manuel, a wealthy, but overbearing Spaniard of middle age. Cesare's heart is broken as he sees the bridal party departing from the church and he wanders into the country, that he may be alone with his sorrow. In his wanderings he stops to rest outside of an old mission. It is the hour of vespers and the monks pass by on their way to service. One of them, Father Alphonzo, discovers the dejected young man and endeavors to comfort him. He points out to Cesare the peace that follows prayer and faith. As a result the young man joins the mission. A few years later Donna Elvira, who married without love, awakes to the unhappiness of such a union. She accompanies a party, led by her husband, which passes through ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Strong situations in this film which is based upon an old theme
13 May 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

There are several strong situations in this film which is based upon an old theme, but is worked out with skill and sympathy. The girl, to gratify her ambition, marries a wealthy man, without love, deserting her lover, a poor, young man. He becomes a monk and years afterward she meets him. The old love is rekindled and she intrigues to get him to follow her. Spies of her husband discover the plot and he hastens to the scene. He undertakes to kill the monk with the sword, but his wife flings herself between them and receives the thrust. She has paid the price of ambition. While there is scarcely anything new in the picture, the scenes are laid around an old Spanish mission, which affords a picturesque background and setting. The acting is in harmony with the subject. - The Moving Picture World, November 18, 1911


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1911 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA

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Kalem Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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