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What Drink Did (1909)

 |  Short, Drama  |  3 June 1909 (USA)
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A man leaves his wife and two daughters for work in a carpentry shop. At work, he initially refuses a beer with lunch, then gives in. After work, two friends take a little while to convince... See full summary »

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Alfred Lucas
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Gladys Egan ...
One of the Lucas Children
Adele DeGarde ...
One of the Lucas Children
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Charles Avery ...
Workman
John R. Cumpson ...
Bartender
Flora Finch
Anita Hendrie ...
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George Nichols ...
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Anthony O'Sullivan ...
Workman
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A man leaves his wife and two daughters for work in a carpentry shop. At work, he initially refuses a beer with lunch, then gives in. After work, two friends take a little while to convince him to go for a refreshing malt beverage, then to have another and another. Meanwhile, the family waits. He arrives home late and abusive. The next day, hung over, he takes much less convincing to have the drinks; he's gone so long that his wife sends a daughter looking for him. She eventually finds him, can't convince him to return home, goes home, sees her mother's distress, and returns to the bar. This time, her father gets more abusive, a fight ensues, a shot is fired, and tragedy strikes. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The film could be used to advantage by religious and temperance organizations
27 September 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A moral lesson is taught in this excellent Biograph film which might have its influence. The dramatic qualities of a temperance story are generally very powerful, and the Biograph actors seem specially fitted to emphasize the dramatic possibilities without weakening whatever of moral strength there may be in a piece. In this instance they have made the most of their opportunity and the picture is very strong. The climax, when the father realizes that his little daughter is dead, is a strong piece of acting, and a sigh of relief involuntarily escapes the audience when the scene changes. The photography is clear and good, like all the Biograph work. The film could be used to advantage by religious and temperance organizations. - The Moving Picture World, June 5, 1909


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