The Rev. Mr. Hollister, nearing the last milestone of life's journey, has but one ardent wish, end that is to see his son James wearing the cloth that he must now lay aside on account of ... See full summary »

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W. Chrystie Miller ...
Reverend Hollister
Joseph Graybill ...
James, Reverend Hollister's Son
Stephanie Longfellow ...
Ruth
Verner Clarges ...
The Doctor
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Edward Dillon ...
In First Bar
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Young Boy
Guy Hedlund ...
In Second Bar
Dell Henderson ...
Policeman
Jeanie Macpherson ...
A Friend
George Nichols ...
Policeman
Alfred Paget ...
Policeman
W.C. Robinson ...
In Second Bar / Bartender on Street
Charles West ...
In First Bar
Dorothy West
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The Rev. Mr. Hollister, nearing the last milestone of life's journey, has but one ardent wish, end that is to see his son James wearing the cloth that he must now lay aside on account of his old age. The boy has had the advantage of an example in religions principles, but he has needed the guiding solicitude of a mother, she having long since died, so that James and his sister Ruth are raised by their father, the old minister. The old father loses no opportunity to point out the better way for James, hoping that he will follow in his footsteps. Ruth is also solicitous, she feeling that James is guilty at times of disobedience, in which conjecture she is right. James instead of hearkening to his father's plea, though he ostensibly pretends to, spends most of his time in the corner saloons, becoming more addicted to drink, until through moral frailty the habit is formed to an irrepressible degree. The old minister's condition takes a sudden turn for the worse and upon the arrival of the... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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19 December 1910 (USA)  »

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The power it exerts upon an audience cannot be questioned
11 October 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

At one time the Biograph Company had quite a reputation for sermons. Here is one which has much of the original flavor, representing a young man disobeying the wishes of his father, a minister, to become a preacher; sinking lower and lower until just as his father dies he kills a man in a saloon brawl, and but for the plea of a sister would have been taken to prison, even as his father died. Whatever may be thought of this type of picture individually, the power it exerts upon an audience cannot be questioned. Like the horrible examples graphically shown in the goody-goody Sunday school books these films possess a fascination which cannot be denied, yet perhaps few would care to acknowledge its influence. The dramatic attractiveness in this particular instance consists in reproducing a domestic scene, unhappily too common, in some of its aspects at least, in such a way that the events seem to be transpiring before the audience. It is a graphic and impressive illustration of the commandment to honor, which means obey, one's parents. - The Moving Picture World, December 31, 1910


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