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Thou Shalt Not (1910)

 |  Drama, Short  |  18 April 1910 (USA)
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Edgar Thurston imagines he is suffering from what is usually termed a neglected cough and resorts to some of the numerous rostrums supposed to relieve such disorder, but without effect. ... See full summary »

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Henry B. Walthall ...
Edgar Thurston
Marion Leonard ...
Laura Edmonds
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Charles West ...
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Dorothy West ...
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Edgar Thurston imagines he is suffering from what is usually termed a neglected cough and resorts to some of the numerous rostrums supposed to relieve such disorder, but without effect. Edgar is engaged to Miss Laura Edmunds, who loves him as devotedly as he does her. Their future seems so promising until Edgar, growing worse, submits to a physical examination which results in the discovery that he has consumption in an advanced stage. The doctor, upon learning of his betrothal, exclaims, "Marry this woman to possibly transmit your weakness to others, thou shalt not!" This intelligence almost breaks Edgar's heart, but upon the doctor's urgent persuasion he writes, "Dear Laura, My physician tells me I have consumption in an advanced stage, and that we must not marry. He is right. Though I love you, good-bye. Edgar." However, the impulsive-hearted girl refuses to break their engagement. Such is human optimism; or is it egotism? We think it probably for things to occur to others that ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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This picture should be an influential assistant to the health board
23 April 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Here is a picture that should arouse thought and at the same time exhibit with some emphasis the principles which frequently actuate members of the medical profession in their work. While it is not pleasant to see the effects of a broken engagement, as here graphically depicted, it is far better than to entail suffering upon others, as is shown in a later scene. The film is admirably composed and satisfactorily staged, while photography is clear enough to make it seem almost real. This picture should be an influential assistant to the health board in every community and help the tuberculosis committee in their laudable efforts to restrict the ravages of the white plague. It is a striking illustration of how a disagreeable subject can, by proper handling, be transformed into an artistic success. - The Moving Picture World, April 30, 1910


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