A crusader saves a damsel attacked by brigands.
A Tale Of The Crusades (1908)
A well staged and well acted subject. The coloring is delicate and probably as nearly authentic as it is possible to reproduce now. The makers have restrained the long runs which so often mar films in which there is horseback riding and have left the runs about the right length to hold the interest. When the messenger rides away with his new found sweetheart it never fails to arouse applause. The ending is a trifle weak. The pursuers ride close up to the fleeing couple and then disappear. It creates the impression that they are going to fall upon the little group of Crusaders. And when the scene closes without anything of the kind occurring there is a sense of something missing. Unquestionably the public who see these films dearly love to see a scrimmage and in a case like this they feel as though they had lost some of the fun when none results.
Source: The Moving Picture World, November 28, 1908
Library of Congress has some restored paper clips of this film, and they give the idea of the film because they contain almost the whole story, although very truncated. For these old films, that does not do much because many scenes are often pretty slow. From that, I found the quality here to be very good - Vitagraph did put some effort in this film - shown by the use of the horse and riding scenes. OTher than that it seems like a damsel in distress and the Crusader for the rescue, totally ignoring the point of the Crusades.