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When the plague kills their parents, Henriette (Lillian Gish) and her blind adopted sister, Louise (Dorothy Gish), go to Paris in hopes of finding a doctor to restore Louise's sight. As soon as they arrive, Henriette is kidnapped by an amoral aristocrat (Morgan Wallace), but escapes with the help of Chevalier de Vaudrey (Joseph Schildkraut). Louise, meanwhile, is taken in by thieves who force her to beg. As the French Revolution rages all around them, the two sisters struggle to reunite.

Cast & Crew

Lillian Gish
Henriette Girard
Dorothy Gish
Louise Girard
Joseph Schildkraut
Chevalier de Vaudrey
Frank Losee
Count de Linieres
Katherine Emmet
Countess de Linieres
Morgan Wallace
Marquis de Praille
Lucille La Verne
Mother Frochard
Sheldon Lewis
Jacques Frochard
Frank Puglia
Pierre Frochard
D.W. Griffith
Screenwriter
John Lanchbery
Original Music
G.W. Bitzer
Cinematographer
Hendrik Sartov
Cinematographer
Paul H. Allen
Cinematographer
James Smith
Film Editor
Rose Smith
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Critic Reviews for Orphans of the Storm

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (1)

  • Dorothy Gish is the blind girl, and this step from comedienne roles into a role of unlimited emotional possibilities reveals new capabilities in the less famous of the two Gish girls.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Orphans of the Storm is a stirring, gripping picture.

    March 25, 2006 | Full Review…
  • While the director's handling of humour (clumsy) and pathos (heavily milked) demands some generosity from the audience, the eternal radiance of Lillian Gish shines through everything.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • One of the best of the director's late silent epics.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • As yet we cannot write nor think calmly of it. Beautiful picture follows beautiful picture, thrill follows thrill so fast.

    November 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • If some other director had produced it, it would be an astonishing picture. Perhaps it is still an astonishing picture, but the astonishment is that Griffith should be content to make success out of serving up the French Revolution as deus ex machina.

    May 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Orphans of the Storm

  • Apr 17, 2012
    A fantastic, yet much too long, melodrama from the famous silent director D.W. Griffith. Forget about Birth of a Nation, this is the film to see. It stars the fabulous Gish sisters and they just melt your heart. The story is brilliant, the movie doesn't even look very old, it has heart and drama. I recommend it.
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  • Feb 10, 2011
    Story takes place in France before and after the Revolution. Louise (Dorothy Gish) and Henriette (Lillian Gish) are brought up together but are not really sisters--Louise was left on church steps as a baby and Henriette's parents took her in. Both are orphaned when their parents die and Louise is struck blind. Henriette takes her to Paris in hope of finding a cure. There they are separated--Louise is forced to work with villainous beggars and Henriette falls in love with Chevalier de Vaudrey (drop dead handsome Joseph Schildkraut). The story is wildly implausible with some twists that had me smirking. It's also overlong and VERY melodramatic...but it still works. It was made on a large scale with beautiful settings, costumes and a cast of hundreds. D.W. Griffith did a wonderful job of directing--especially when the peasants revolt and overthrow the government. I usually hate historical movies but I loved this one! The cast overacts wildly (especially Monte Blue as Danton) except for Schildkraut who underplays--and it works. Throroughly engrossing and highly recommended
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer

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