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George Peabody is a young man who has been giving free rein to his inclinations, the principal one being drink. One might have concluded he was lost, but there was the chance which the hand of Providence always bestows in the person of pretty little Ruth King, who had secretly loved George since their childhood days. She succeeds in persuading him from his reckless life, and he determines to cut off from his old loose companions by going out West and making a man of himself. Bidding Ruth and her mother good-bye, he realizes that he loves his little preserver and promises to return worthy of her love and confidence. They plight their troth with their first kiss and a heart shaped locket, which Ruth wears, she breaking it in two, giving George one side while she retains the other, which symbolized the reunion of their hearts with his return. George is fortunate to strike the West in the midst of a boom, and being an affable, bright chap, meets with success, and is soon a favorite with ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The Power of Drink (and a Mexican Woman)
5 November 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Frank Powell (as George Peabody) and Mary Pickford (as Ruth King) are a-courting. When Mr. Powell decides to venture out west, to make his fortune, Ms. Pickford is devastated. She promises to wait for his successful return, and gives him half of a locket; and, they pledge their eternal love. While Pickford pines away, Powell gets way-out-west drunk, and takes up with Mexican woman Marion Leonard.

Powell's descent is a little difficult to comprehend; perhaps it is the power of drink. He seemed to have very little use for "The Broken Locket" while in Ms. Leonard's company. Leonard writes one powerful letter, by the way; the mere reading of one may cause blindness!

** The Broken Locket (9/16/09) D.W. Griffith ~ Frank Powell, Mary Pickford, Marion Leonard


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