D. W. Griffith's The Winning Coat was set in France, during the reign of King Louis XIII. The hero, a young courtier, is in love with one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting. Arrested for an unspecified crime, the hero is paroled in the custody of the King, who warns the young Romeo to stay away from the heroine. But the lad breaks his promise and is duly banished from Court. He redeems himself by exposing, and foiling, a plan to kill the Queen. The trade magazine Variety observed that The Winning Coat, which ran all of 767 feet (approximately eight minutes) was "unusually long." Among the members of Griffith's stock company appearing in the film was Owen Moore, the future husband of Mary Pickford.
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