The Sealed Room (September 2, 1909)

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The Sealed Room
 

Released on September 2, 1909: The King discovers his Queen trysting with his Minstrel in his special isolated room and seals them inside by bricking over the only entrance in this macabre tale by Edgar Allan Poe.

Produced by D.W. Griffith

Directed by D.W. Griffith

The Actors: Arthur V. Johnson (the King), Marion Leonard (the Queen), Henry B. Walthall (the Minstrel), Mack Sennett (soldier), Mary Pickford (lady in waiting), Linda Arvidson (lady in waiting), William J. Butler (nobleman at court), Verner Clarges (nobleman at court), Owen Moore (nobleman at court), George Nichols (workman), Anthony O'Sullivan (workman), Gertrude Robinson (lady in waiting), George Siegmann (nobleman at court)

 

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As this Edgar Allan Poe story comes to life on the big screen we see the King, his Queen and many invited guests who are inspecting the newest and greatest room in the palace . . . a very private and luxurious room where he can tryst with his Queen without any prying eyes . . . you see . . . there is only one door into this room, and there are no windows or other entrances to the room, making it a very private and secluded place indeed. Before the King gets to share the room privately with his Queen he discovers that the Queen has slipped quietly into the room with the minstrel, who is having a torrid love affair with the Queen. I guess it is good to be King . . . even when you discover that your Queen is having an affair with the court minstrel. The King considers dueling with his minstrel and running him through with his sword, but then inspiration hits him and instead of confronting the lovers in the isolated room he decides to call his royal masons and instruct them to seal the doorway to the room sealing the Queen and her lover inside forever! Many of Edgar Allan Poe's macabre stories have been converted to motion pictures, but this one is the second ever used for a motion picture. The first Poe tale turned into a motion picture was the 1908 Sherlock Holmes in the Great Murder Mystery, based on his novel "Murder in the Rue Morgue" which is presumed lost at this time, as no copies of it seem to exist anymore. Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn with real warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Arthur V. Johnson, Marion Leonard and Henry B. Walthall
Arthur V. Johnson, Marion Leonard and Henry B. Walthall
Arthur V. Johnson discovers Marion Leonard and Henry B. Walthall in the secret room
Arthur V. Johnson discovers Marion Leonard and Henry B. Walthall in the secret room
Arthur V. Johnson as the King
Arthur V. Johnson as the King
Arthur V. Johnson
Arthur V. Johnson
Arthur V. Johnson
Arthur V. Johnson
Henry B. Walthall and Marion Leonard in the sealed room
Henry B. Walthall and Marion Leonard in the sealed room
Marion Leonard, Arthur V. Johnson and Henry B. Walthall
Marion Leonard, Arthur V. Johnson and Henry B. Walthall
Marion Leonard embraces Henry B. Walthall
Marion Leonard embraces Henry B. Walthall
Marion Leonard and Henry B. Walthall
Marion Leonard and Henry B. Walthall
Marion Leonard and Henry B. Walthall
Marion Leonard and Henry B. Walthall
Marion Leonard kisses Henry B. Walthall
Marion Leonard kisses Henry B. Walthall
Marion Leonard looks with lust at Henry B. Walthall
Marion Leonard looks with lust at Henry B. Walthall
Marion Leonard and Henry B. Walthall
Marion Leonard and Henry B. Walthall