The mother teaches the hymn to her sons, George and Tom, who are adopted by Judge Reynolds after the good woman's death. George proves a tractable and studious boy, but Tom is given to bad ... See full summary »

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Judge Reynolds
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Louise Dunlap ...
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The mother teaches the hymn to her sons, George and Tom, who are adopted by Judge Reynolds after the good woman's death. George proves a tractable and studious boy, but Tom is given to bad associates. One afternoon the judge finds him gambling with a number of boys of his own age, in a vacant lot. He takes the young boy home, talks to him and tries to influence him to keep away from evil companions. That night Tom runs away from home. Twenty-five years roll by. George has never heard from Tom and is now a criminal court judge. Tom, on the downward path, is arrested for forgery and is held for trial before his brother. George, not knowing the forger is his brother, sentences him to prison. Tom, after serving his time, swears vengeance against the judge. He learns of his home address and at night goes to the house with the intention of squaring his debt. Crawling through a window in search of his brother, he suddenly hears the tones of the hymn which he learned in his childhood. An ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Follows along well-known lines
4 March 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Perhaps for as long as audiences listen or see there will be a majority who will find emotion and edification in a religious situation that follows along well-known lines and teaches, even crudely, what is firmly accepted as orthodox. Whenever this is done with art, the popularity of the offering will be assured. This picture will, we believe, enjoy a good measure of success. It shows, in different backgrounds and with new characters, a hymn as recalling so strongly his innocent boyhood to a criminal about to add to his wrong doing, that he relents and breaks down. This time, he is about to shoot his own, unrecognized, brother, the judge who had once sent him to prison, when the brother plays the old hymn. The two boys of the early scenes are William Bodie and Judson Milford. In the later scenes they have grown up and are now Knute Rahmn and Carlyle Blackwell. Wm. H. West, Mrs. Dunlap and Jane Wolff also have parts in it. - The Moving Picture World, November 9, 1912


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