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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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Arthur V. Johnson ...
John Wharton
Linda Arvidson ...
Mrs. John Wharton
Adele DeGarde ...
The Wharton Daughter
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Charles Avery ...
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John R. Cumpson ...
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Gladys Egan
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Anita Hendrie ...
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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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Griffith
29 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Drunkard's Reformation, The (1909)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

An alcoholic father returns home, abuses his wife and then has his daughter ask him to take her to a play. The father, not wanting to, goes ahead with his daughter to the play, which turns out to be about an alcoholic. Griffith's father was destroyed by alcohol so this would be a topic to many of his shorts. Griffith gets his message across very nicely and again, needless to say, the editing between the father and the play makes the film.

You can find this film on Grapevine's D.W. Griffith: The Director series.


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