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A Drunkard's Reformation (1909)

 -  Drama | Short  -  1 April 1909 (USA)
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A drinking man arrives home, late and sozzled as usual. His wife reminds him that he promised to take their child to a play. The play proves to be a morality tale about the evils of drink; ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Arthur V. Johnson ...
John Wharton
Linda Arvidson ...
Mrs. John Wharton
Adele DeGarde ...
The Wharton Daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ...
In the Play
John R. Cumpson ...
In the Orchestra / In the Bar
Gladys Egan
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Theatre Usher
Anita Hendrie ...
In the Play / In the Audience
...
In the Play
Marion Leonard ...
In the Play
David Miles ...
In the Play
Owen Moore ...
In the Play
Tom Moore ...
In the Audience
Barry O'Moore ...
(as Herbert Yost)
Herbert Prior ...
In the Bar
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A drinking man arrives home, late and sozzled as usual. His wife reminds him that he promised to take their child to a play. The play proves to be a morality tale about the evils of drink; he sees the parallels in his own life and swears off the demon brew. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Novelty
14 November 2001 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

We're all people of the 90's, of the 80's, of today. And this movie would pass unnoticed if i didn't have it explained at the Editing Theories class in film school. When we analize this one on detail, we can spot that Griffith invented all kinds of gimmicks that we take for granted today: fade outs, cross fades, fake continuity, and above all it expresses a true actor's feelings when we see the father at the theater, being clearly influenced by the play he sees. And this work of a play within a play is also a novelty, as so many other things. This works as a triumph, and a prediction of all that would be used later on movies.


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