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Frank E. Woods (writer)
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5 July 1909 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Frank Powell ... Harold Woodson
James Kirkwood ... David Williams

Robert Harron ... Farm Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gladys Egan ... In Crowd
Arthur V. Johnson
Jeanie Macpherson

Owen Moore ... In Crowd
Anthony O'Sullivan ... In Crowd

Jack Pickford ... In Crowd

Mack Sennett ... In Crowd

Directed by
D.W. Griffith 
Writing credits
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Frank E. Woods  writer

Cinematography by
G.W. Bitzer 
Arthur Marvin 

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10 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Few dry eyes are seen, 28 November 2014
Author: deickemeyer from Chicago

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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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