The love of a wife for another, the jealousy of the husband when he discovers his wife's duplicity and the killing of the lover by the infuriated husband, brings about the development of "... See full summary »

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Van Dyke Brooke
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The love of a wife for another, the jealousy of the husband when he discovers his wife's duplicity and the killing of the lover by the infuriated husband, brings about the development of "Conscience." The husband lying in wait for his wife's lover stabs him to death. While he and his associate are throwing the body into the canal, the murderer unknowingly drops his dagger, which is picked up by a little baker boy who is making an early morning delivery. Pleased with his find and the elegance of its design, he hides it inside his shirt and hurries home to show it to his people. While they are admiring it, there is a disturbance out in the street and they all hurry outside to see what it is all about. They learn that the excitement is caused by the finding of the body of the lover in the canal. The baker boy, who still has the dagger in his hand, is asked by the police where he got it and if he knows anything about the murder. He explains the matter, but not to the satisfaction of the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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11 March 1910 (USA)  »

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Conscience; or, The Baker Boy  »

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The struggle which may go on in the human heart and mind
21 March 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A powerful dramatic picture, representing what conscience sometimes does. The scene is laid in old Venice, and all the picturesque and artistic surroundings of that city are graphically reproduced. A poor baker boy is tortured until he confesses to a murder he never committed. When he comes up for trial, one of his judges is the real murderer and his conscience compels him to confess the crime. It is a powerful dramatic film, filled with situations which depict the struggle which may go on in the human heart and mind. The players have imbibed the spirit so thoroughly that they make it seem real. The scenes are fascinating, even the gruesome suggestiveness of the torture chamber holding the attention closely. The picture will be popular because of its dramatic situations and the excellent acting. - The Moving Picture World, March 26, 1910


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