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:
Mr. Herne
Rose King ...
Mrs. Herne
One of the Herne Children
John Tansey ...
One of the Herne Children
The Maid
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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Dialogue Between Composer and Cinematographer
23 June 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

In this eight minute offering you actually see a dialogue taking place between cinematographer and composer. The 34 year old D.W. Griffith stands behind the film and allows the director of photography to paint a picture that is enriched by the incidental music of the composer. This is one of the better Griffith shorts because he allows his creative community to breathe rather than stamping his own personality on his work. Bearing in mind that silent films are a visual medium you need to have a good cinematographer to provide the audience with details and insights into character, as well as a classical composer to add texture to the moving image.

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