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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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Credited cast:
David Miles ...
Alfred Lucas
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Mrs. Alfred Lucas
Gladys Egan ...
One of the Lucas Children
Adele DeGarde ...
One of the Lucas Children
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ...
Workman
John R. Cumpson ...
Bartender
Flora Finch
Anita Hendrie ...
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Arthur V. Johnson ...
Bartender
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Workman
George Nichols ...
Workman
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
Workman
Herbert Prior ...
Workman
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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 Evils of Alcohol
25 September 2010 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

D. W. Griffith gets all preachy in this early Biograph short which tells the story of a loving family man who is swiftly ruined by his sudden liking for alcohol. David Miles plays Arthur Lucas, whose workmates like to pass around a pail of beer during their lunchtime - something that wasn't out of the ordinary in America back at the turn of the century. The problem is that poor old Alfred clearly has something of an addictive personality and quickly turns into the kind of beer monster it's wise to steer clear of.

Despite having foxy Florence Lawrence and two loving daughters waiting at home, Alf prefers playing cards in seedy bars with a couple of buddies from work. When Flo, clearly not upset enough to go looking for he husband herself, sends the cutest of her two daughters to scour the city's bars in search of him you know that tragedy is sure to follow.

What Drink Did is entertaining enough, but the overly melodramatic, preachy tone is a little difficult to stomach. Ironically, the film would have been much stronger if the consequences of alcohol abuse had been much less tragic.


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