In Life's Cycle (1910)

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James Mullen, living in retirement at his country villa since the death of his wife, finds consolation in the love of his two children. Clara and Vincent, aged ten and twelve years ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
George Nichols ...
James Mullen
Stephanie Longfellow ...
Clara, as an Adult
Henry B. Walthall ...
Vincent, as an Adult
Charles West ...
Clara's Temptor
Edith Haldeman ...
Clara's Child
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ...
James' Friend
William J. Butler ...
James' Friend
Charles Craig ...
In Bar
Adele DeGarde ...
Clara, as a Child (unconfirmed)
Edward Dillon ...
In Bar
Frank Evans ...
In Bar
Francis J. Grandon ...
In Seminary / In Bar
Joseph Graybill ...
In Bar
Henry Lehrman ...
In Bar
Jeanie Macpherson


James Mullen, living in retirement at his country villa since the death of his wife, finds consolation in the love of his two children. Clara and Vincent, aged ten and twelve years respectively. It has been their custom to visit their mother's grave and place a wreath of flowers upon it. Seven years later, the children now grown, Vincent leaves for the seminary to study for the priesthood, while Clara undertakes to console their father, promising not to forget their mother's grave. Vincent, now a seminarian, writes to his sister of how happy he is in the call of the church. Clara, while returning from the post office, whither she had gone in quest of a letter from Vincent, meets a handsome young man from the city. This stranger immediately lays siege to her heart, which feeling is more than reciprocated by Clara. She yields to the temptation to meet him clandestinely and during these meetings the stranger tries to persuade her to elope with him. At last she consents, and leaving a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama




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15 September 1910 (USA)  »

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Melodrama 101 from D.W.
22 January 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

In Life's Cycle (1910)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Fair melodrama about a father (George Nichols) who makes his kids promise not to forget their mother who recently passed. As adults, the son (Henry B. Walthall) goes to become a priest while the daughter (Stephanie Longfellow) runs off with a bad man and soon finds herself in trouble. The son keeps his promise of visiting the grave of his mother but the daughter doesn't follow suit. This isn't the best film to come from Griffith but it at least features some pretty good performances with Walthall leading the way. He manages to pass off emotions without ever going over the top and he really manages to put in a lot of heart to the character. Nichols also manages to be pretty good in his part as is Charles West in a supporting bit. Longfellow on the other hand is pretty forgettable in the role of the daughter and this does bring the film down a few notches considering she has perhaps the most important part here. Fans of the director will want to look quickly for his first wife in a small role. Griffith handles the material quite well as its nothing he wasn't use to but the screenplay really isn't all that special and there's not enough backbone to back up all the preaching.

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