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The Message (1909)

 -  Short | Drama  -  5 July 1909 (USA)
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Effie marries an honest farmer, rejecting a suitor from the city. Years later he returns and tries to persuade her to run away with him.

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Frank Powell ...
Harold Woodson
James Kirkwood ...
David Williams
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Effie Harris had two apparently ardent suitors, David Williams, an honest, big-hearted farmer, and Harold Woodson, a summer boarder from the city. Effie wisely chose Dave, and we see the happy couple returning from their wedding and starting in on a happy, simple life. Dave and Effie romp about the fields, among the cows and sheep, like a couple of wild children. Dave is comfortably situated and is able to provide his wife a pleasant though modest home. For five years they are happy indeed, a little child coming in the meantime to shed an extra ray of sunshine, but, alas! The tempter appears in the person of Woodson, who returns, and with honeyed, flattering tongue poisons the mind of Effie and makes the grind of simple life decidedly irksome. Repeated entreaties on his part make the poor woman drift into the wrong path so far as to listen to his persuasion. At length she almost decides to go away with him, but later she struggles against the inclination until a note telling her he ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Few dry eyes are seen
28 November 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Beautiful scenery, faithfully rendered by good photography, furnish an ideal setting for this Biograph picture which tells the story of a woman who almost fell and was only saved by the interposition of her little child, who followed her and handed her a note. The dramatic power of the scene where the little one is following and where she hands the note to her mother, the note, by the way, from the erstwhile lover, who has suddenly appeared and succeeded in making her dissatisfied with her surroundings, is unusually appealing, and the person who can see it without betraying emotion is lacking in appreciation of good acting and strong suggestion. The story is the old one, but in the hands of the Biograph Company, and with their excellent photography, it develops added attractiveness, and few dry eyes are seen when the woman, listening to the child instead of the lover who would lead her astray, returns to her home thoroughly satisfied that her present environment is more satisfactory and yields her more genuine happiness than anything she might obtain in the city at the expense of her honor and the happiness of others. – The Moving Picture World, July 10, 1909


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