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In a quaint fishing village we see the childhood sweethearts, Bill and Mary, a boy and girl of about ten or eleven years. Constant companions, they hold for each other a regard beyond their... See full summary »

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Mary
Henry B. Walthall ...
Bill
Edward Dillon ...
Joe
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William J. Butler ...
On Shore
Gladys Egan ...
Mary, as a Child
Marion Leonard
W. Chrystie Miller ...
A Fisherman
Gertrude Robinson ...
On Shore
W.C. Robinson ...
On Shore
John Tansey ...
Bill, as a Child (unconfirmed)
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In a quaint fishing village we see the childhood sweethearts, Bill and Mary, a boy and girl of about ten or eleven years. Constant companions, they hold for each other a regard beyond their understanding. Ten years roll by, and the boy, now a young man, with a ring approaches the girl and the sweethearts of childhood now renew their vows. They are both very happy until fate interferes, it seems, to test the girl's sincerity. Bill while strolling on the shore, which to him since the betrothal is a Utopia, espies a raft with an object on it that looks like a human being, far out at sea. Dashing into the surf, he swims to the raft and finds the almost exhausted form of a fisherman lying prone upon it. Pushing the raft to the shore, he, with the aid of others, revives the man, who is a stranger to them all, having put out from a far distant shore. Bill and Joe, the stranger, become staunch friends, and through this Joe meets Mary. She is at once smitten with the stranger and cruelly casts... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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22 August 1910 (USA)  »

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The picture raises a nice question in ethics
15 August 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

It is not often that this company presents a picture of the character of this one. Insanity, murder, self-destruction are not pleasant features to contemplate even though they are presented with extraordinary dramatic power. Unfaithfulness is presented in what is probably its true light, and while its consequences are not always so tragic, they are serious enough in all cases to make them abhorrent. One death, perhaps two, in this picture was due to haste. While the picture teaches the disaster that follows unfaithfulness, it also teaches the dangers of haste. Explanations are often possible in cases of this sort and had one man investigated before he acted there might have been two deaths less. On the other hand, while the film clearly lays the blame on the girl, there are those who will say that she had a right to change, that no wedding ceremony had been performed and that she had a right to renounce her vows if she chose. The picture raises a nice question in ethics which can scarcely be satisfactorily answered without careful consideration, and then opinions will differ. The views in the picturesque old fishing village and the sea are well worth seeing. - The Moving Picture World, September 3, 1910


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