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The Friend of the Family (1909)

 |  Short, Drama  |  15 July 1909 (USA)
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Robert is about to abandon his family for a society beauty. His best friend romances the beauty, who then drops Robert and sends him back to his family.

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Jack Hudson
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Robert Edmonds
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The most colossal egotist is he who boasts of his impregnability of the fascination of a pretty woman, for the most austere wiseacre will become a doting fool under her puissant influence, so we do not marvel at the action of Robert Edmonds in falling a victim to the ensnaring charms of Estelle Morse during a house party at his residence. From that evening on he becomes her abject slave to the neglect of his own devoted wife and child. Mrs. Edmonds tries hard to dissemble and keep her sorrow from the little one, but he too misses the society of papa, his little romps with him and his good-night kiss on going to bed, until at last he is constrained to write papa a note complaining of his neglect. The baby's innocent missive almost breaks mamma's heart, for she feels that her husband is being weaned away by some unknown power. Robert is simply oblivious to all sense of duty through this blinding fascination and would have cast aside wife, child and all things sacred for this woman, had ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Released as a split reel along with the drama Tender Hearts (1909). See more »

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It would be difficult to suggest an improvement
30 November 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A Biograph life drama. Unquestionably such things actually occur in real life, though it is hard to credit them. Perhaps it is possible in some ways to excuse the action of the man in becoming infatuated with the girl whom he meets. She is pretty enough to attract anyone. Yet that he should desert his family for another is not right, and the tearful attempts of his people to win him back are disturbing. The note which the child writes is very touching and later exerts a powerful influence. Perhaps the most dramatic feature of all is the sudden entrance of another man, the friend, and the representation of a woman's fickleness in giving up the one who has followed her and is even then ready to elope with her, for another. The lesson is plain and might be heeded by men who are more or less under the influence of a similar spell. The final scene, where the father is embracing his boy, with the mother looking on from the staircase, is touching and arouses many tender emotions. There is no fault to find with the photographic quality and the acting is quite in keeping with the recent development of this company's work in the silent drama. It would be difficult to suggest an improvement. – The Moving Picture World, July 24, 1909


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