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The Purgation (1910)

 |  Drama, Short  |  4 June 1910 (USA)
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The young man in this Biograph story is one of the many misguided youths, who for the want of healthy moral training, has become a thief. There is something worthy in the boy's nature, ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Gertrude Robinson ...
The Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clara T. Bracy ...
The Maid
William J. Butler ...
Charles Craig ...
In Office
Edward Dillon ...
One of the Misguided Youths
Francis J. Grandon ...
The Attacker
Joseph Graybill ...
One of the Misguided Youths
Dell Henderson ...
The Girl's Father
Grace Henderson ...
The Girl's Mother
George Nichols ...
Alfred Paget ...
One of the Misguided Youths
Charles West
Dorothy West


The young man in this Biograph story is one of the many misguided youths, who for the want of healthy moral training, has become a thief. There is something worthy in the boy's nature, which only needed cultivating. He and his companion get into an uptown apartment house by way of the fire escape, and entering the apartment of a wealthy business man, find his daughter, while keeping vigil beside the bed of her baby sister, has fallen to sleep. The sight of the girl, a picture of purity and innocence, arouses higher thoughts in his young man, so he compels his companion to leave and seek elsewhere. Their exit awakens the girl, and she, in attending the child, notices the hot water bag needs refilling, and as it is late she sees to the elevator to have this done, when a drunken clubman passes and offers her an insult. The boy is now hiding behind the portieres covering the window, and, seeing the girl's plight, leaps to her rescue, hurling the offender down the stairs. The parents of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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18 July 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Even a man who is pursuing a criminal course may be restored to honesty and usefulness by some subtle power aroused by what appears sometimes to be a trivial circumstance. Not all are sufficiently strong to stand the test of the purgation which is sure to come. This excellent film tells such a story interestingly and graphically. And, fortunately, the young man, who has worked his way up from thievery to honesty and sobriety, is given another chance when his past is unfortunately discovered. It is not a particularly pleasing story, yet its plain teaching is that men can overcome early evil associations and become useful citizens. It offers numerous suggestions for reformatory work, and withal, should be a very helpful film. - The Moving Picture World, July 16, 1910

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