Director: Lucius Henderson

Year: 1913

Original Title: Carmen
Director: Lucius Henderson
Writer: Prosper Mérimée
Type: movie
Year: 1913
Genres: Short, Drama, Romance
Cast: Peggie Reid , Marguerite Snow , William Garwood , William Russell , Francelia Billington , Burton Law , Jean Darnell
Countries: United States
Languages: None , English
Color Info: Black and White
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Sound Mix: Silent
Original Air Date: 27 May 1913 (USA)
Production Companies: Thanhouser Film Corporation
Distributors: Mutual Film
Synopsis: Don Jose', the hero of the famous book by Prosper Merimee and Bizet's celebrated opera, was born in the Basque Provinces of Spain. He was a good-looking young peasant, devoted to his old mother and greatly in love with his pretty sweetheart Mercedes, but their plans for an early marriage were rudely ruptured by the news that he had been drafted for service in the Spanish army. Jose' comforted his mother and Mercedes, telling them that he would soon return and they would never be separated again. He proved to be a good soldier, and in a short time was made a corporal. His commanding officer, who had great confidence in the new corporal's ability and trustworthiness, sent him with a detachment of soldiers to preserve order in a certain unruly quarter of the town. Jose was strolling by a cigar factory one day, when some of the girls employed in the establishment came out. One of them, a beautiful brunette called Carmen, held a red rose between her teeth, and as she passed the young officer, she cast a coquettish glance at him, then took the rose and tossed it to him. He let it fall to the ground unheeded; furious, she ran off, followed by her companions' mocking laughter. But Jose' was more attracted by the girl than his manner had indicated. When he thought himself unobserved, he picked up the rose and pressed it to his lips; from distance, Carmen saw this and smiled. Almost before the soldier realized it, he was completely infatuated with the fascinating cigarmaker. Gradually, though his better nature struggled against it, he forgot his mother and his faithful sweetheart Mercedes. The moment came when he had to choose between his loyalty as a soldier and his devotion to Carmen. A dispute arose in the factory between Carmen and Michele, another cigar girl. They fought, but the struggle was of short duration, and soon Michele lay on the ground, a dagger-wound in her side. The soldiers rushed into the factory, and Jose', much against his inclinations, made the girl a prisoner and took her before his commanding officer. Carmen was committed to Jose's charge until she could be turned over to the proper authorities. Confident of her power, she exerted all her wiles to make the young man forget his oath to his country. She succeeded and he let her escape, but at the cost of dishonor to himself. Then Jose' was cast into prison, but Carmen tricked his jailers and he escaped. They fled together to the mountains, where they were welcomed by Carmen's people, the gypsies. Jose's life there was very different from the peaceful, religious atmosphere of his native village or the stirring martial days when he was a soldier. The gypsies were smugglers and he became one of their band. The uniform of a soldier, which had been a familiar and welcome sight to him in former days, was an object of fear and bate, now that he was a violator of the laws, not its defender. Jose's mother, in her quiet mountain home, was dying, mercifully unaware of her son's disgrace. Just before she passed away she gave the cross she had worn all her life to the weeping Mercedes, Jose's former sweetheart, who still loved him, and told her to give it to Jose' with her blessing. Mercedes set out on her quest, but to her surprise and grief, found that Jose was no longer an honored soldier of the Spanish king, but a fugitive from justice. Her search seemed hopeless, for none knew where he had gone. Although an outlaw, Jose' was not unhappy, for Carmen made him think he stood first in her affections, but when she met Escamillo, the noted toreador, her attitude changed. The Idol of the Spanish populace was a far more attractive figure to the beautiful gypsy than the fugitive soldier, and Jose' soon found himself supplanted by the toreador. Frantic, he reproached Carmen, but she laughed at him. Escamillo, desirous of exhibiting his professional skill to Carmen, invited her to be present at a bullfight. The girl, sneering scornfully at the jealous protestations of Jose', accompanied the toreador to the arena, where the bullfight was to take place. Mad with rage Jose' followed them. Carmen watched the bullfight with absorbed interest, and blew kisses to Escamillo as he bowed low to the plaudits of the crowd. It was her farewell to the toreador, for at that moment, Jose, leaping forward, buried his knife in her bosom. The soldiers crowded around Jose' and made him their prisoner. He gazed in a dazed manner at the dying Carmen; then feeling a gentle touch on his arm, he turned and looked into the eyes of Mercedes, his faithful sweetheart. Pityingly she told him of his mother's death, and gave him the cross and her message. Jose' bowed his head in sorrow and remorse. He had forsaken the ones who had loved him for a woman who brought him to disgrace and death. Silently he turned, surrounded by his captors, and made his way toward the prison. -- Moving Picture World synopsis