A neglectful woman wants custody of her children in her divorce. The judge rules that he will give her the children only if she can demonstrate her children's love for her within a week.





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Credited cast:
James Kirkwood ...
Mr. Herne
Rose King ...
Mrs. Herne
One of the Herne Children
John Tansey ...
One of the Herne Children
The Maid
Frank Powell ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
A Clerk
At Parties
Jeanie Macpherson
A Visitor / At Parties
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
The Butler
A Clerk


Mrs. Herne's social obligations were so impelling as to cause her to neglect her home and her children. So seldom were the two little tots, a boy and a girl, in the company of their mother that they felt an unnatural reserve in her presence. Entreaties and prayers from her husband to give up her mode of living induce her to start an action for divorce, charging incompatibility of temper. This step amazes Herne, but the worst blow is her desire to keep the children, a mother's right. The reasons for her wanting to keep the children are simply pecuniary. Of course, the little ones prefer their papa, having always enjoyed his care, but there's the cold, unsympathetic law to consider. This is the question brought before our modern Solomon when Mr. and Mrs. Herne enter the office of the juror. The law is plain to him, but his judicatory experience has not blunted the humane phase of his nature, so he decides that the children's wishes shall be considered. Therefore he orders that Mrs. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama





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26 August 1909 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the comedy Oh, Uncle! (1909). See more »

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Based upon an episode in the history of a court in Cook County, Illinois
23 December 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A Biograph picture, which, like all that come from that source, is strong and well acted. Perhaps it tells a story which is worth hearing, particularly by those who are prone to neglect little ones for the claims of society or some other cause which may appear to them important. That the mother's heart was drawn to the little people when circumstances forced her to become acquainted with them is not strange. It has almost always been so from the beginning of time. Nor is it strange that the little ones should unite the estranged parents. That has always been true, too. But the story is told in such a forceful way, and is based upon an episode in the history of a court in Cook County, Illinois, that occurred not long ago, and these features add to the interest and seem to make it more real While this film is different it must be acknowledged that the departure from the beaten path has been attended with pleasing results. The Biograph people are to be congratulated upon their success. - The Moving Picture World, September 11, 1909

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