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Charles West ...
John Rogers
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Belle
Stephanie Longfellow ...
The Older Sister
Verner Clarges ...
The Father
Joseph Graybill ...
Horace Dooley
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Dorothy Bernard
William J. Butler ...
A Doctor
Charles Craig ...
Wedding Guest
Edward Dillon ...
John T. Dillon ...
At First Party / At Second Party (as Jack Dillon)
Ruth Hart ...
At Second Party
Guy Hedlund ...
At First Party / At Second Party
Grace Henderson ...
Visitor
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Jeanie Macpherson
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John Rogers, a young chemist, is sincerely loved by the eldest of two sisters, but in a state of infatuation prefers the younger girl, fascinated by what he would call vivacity, but which is nothing less than frivolousness. He marries her, and she soon tires of a life of domesticity. He tries to interest her in his chemical experiments but they simply bore her, although they are interesting to the sister, which interest is born of a pure love which she still holds. While he is working in his laboratory, the wife is either entertaining or being entertained by friends. She is in her element at a dinner party, when an explosion takes place in her husband's laboratory, apparently destroying his sight and hearing. It is a sad house she returns to after her evening's pleasure. There is her husband, deaf and sightless. You may imagine her lot is now more repugnant, as his helplessness annoys her, so she eagerly accepts diversion. This comes in the form of an offer from one of her friends, a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The Second Company
25 June 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Although the leads in this Griffith melodrama about a chemist who blinds himself in an accident, causing his society wife to abandon him for a theatrical career, leaving her elder sister to take care of him, is led by members of Griffith's company who never achieved much for him, they did all right elsewhere. The large supporting cast is filled with his usual skilled crew -- if you look, you can spot Mack Sennett in a small role at one of the parties.

Although the wife is the villain of the piece -- terrible woman going onto the stage! -- Griffith raises some interesting and telling questions about then-current attitudes towards divorce. Given the difference in the couple's characters when they marry, should she stay with him after his blindness? Yes, the acting is noticeably below the standards of Griffith's usual leads, but the story is worth telling and the question is worth asking. Have we answered it any better a century later?


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