Mary Pickford Season: FD Cinematheque
Sealed Room, The (1909)
Director: D W Griffith
Cast: Mary Pickford, Arthur V Johnson, Marion Leonard, Henry B Whitehall, Linda Arvidson, Owen Moore, George Nichols, Mack Sennett
D W Griffith
The Sealed Room is an eleven-minute film released in 1909. Directed by D.W. Griffith, the film’s cast included Arthur V. Johnson, Marion Leonard, Henry B. Walthall, Mary Pickford, and Mack Sennett. The film was also known as The Sealed Door.
Released in split-reel with The Little Darling.
The film’s theme of immurement draws inspiration from Balzac‘s “La Grande Bretêche“, and Edgar Allan Poe‘s “The Cask of Amontillado“. The king constructs a cozy, windowless love-nest for himself and his concubine. However, she is not faithful to her sovereign, but consorts with the court troubadour. In fact, they use the king’s new play chamber for their trysts. When the king discovers this, he sends for his masons. With the faithless duo still inside, the masons use stone and mortar to quietly seal the only door to the vault. The two lovers suffocate and the film ends.
- Linda Arvidson as A Lady-in-Waiting
- William J. Butler as Nobleman at Court
- Vernon Clarges as Nobleman at Court
- Owen Moore as Nobleman at Court
- George Nichols as Workman
- Anthony O’Sullivan as Workman
- Mary Pickford as A Lady-in-Waiting
- Gertrude Robinson as A Lady-in-Waiting
- Mack Sennett as A Soldier
- George Siegmann as Nobleman at Court
- Langman, 1998, p. 34
- Gunning, 1994, pp. 177-178
- Gunning, Tom (1994). D.W. Griffith and the origins of American narrative film: the early years at Biograph. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-06366-X.
- Langman, Larry (1998). American Film Cycles: The Silent Era. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-313-30657-5.
- The Sealed Room at silentera.com