A father's drinking leads him to neglect his family. His young son emulates his father's actions when playing with his friends. The father sees his vices reflected in the child's play and resolves to change his ways.





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Cast overview:
Wilfred Lucas ...
The Husband
The Wife
Edna Foster ...
Bobby - the Young Son


The wife patiently pleads with her husband to leave off his drinking and care more for his family of herself and two children. Her endeavors, however, are in vain, for he returns to their home in the evening in a beastly state of intoxication. The wife is nearly heartbroken, but their little son is highly amused at the antics of his drunken, besotted father, and the next day while the mother is at market, the children play at housekeeping with the boy as dad, he going through the performance enacted by his father on the day before. The father, now sober, views this from the next room, and it makes him so ashamed of himself that he swears to be done with drink for good, which oath he religiously keeps. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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18 December 1911 (USA)  »

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It is not a very cheerful picture
8 June 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This picture lingers on the sordid miseries in the home of a man who drinks and is brutal when drunk. Too many know all about such things. The picture's object was to give a broad enough canvas on which to paint the conversion of the drunken father. The truth is that fathers who have fallen so low as this seldom, very seldom, are converted. This one, after a spree, saw his little boy playing house and acting the drunken father just as he had acted it the day before. It disgusted him and he promised his wife not to do it again. The picture shows that he kept his promise. The Biograph players and producers have done much to hold it above petty realism by very praiseworthy art. It is not a very cheerful picture. - The Moving Picture World, December 30, 1911

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