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The Minister's Temptation (1913)

Rev. Henry Reyburn, a minister in a small town, with the usual accompaniment of an insufficient salary, is informed by his family doctor that an operation is absolutely necessary to save ... See full summary »

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Rev. Henry Reyburn
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Horace Wakefield - Pillar of the Church
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Rev. Henry Reyburn, a minister in a small town, with the usual accompaniment of an insufficient salary, is informed by his family doctor that an operation is absolutely necessary to save the life of his little girl, which must be performed by a noted specialist and will cost five hundred dollars. The minister applies to his wealthiest parishioner for a loan of the amount, but is refused. At this critical juncture the minister receives a letter from a wealthy lady, a former parishioner, enclosing a check for five hundred dollars for the benefit of his needy parishioners, according to his best judgment. We now see the terrible temptation to use the money to pay for the operation in spite of the fact that his conscience tells him it would be the same as theft. Alone in his study, the minister fights the battle between his conscience and a father's love for his only child. As he prays in anguish for Divine guidance he sees a vision of the Savior in the Garden of Gethsemane as He, also in ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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22 February 1913 (USA)  »

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The suffering he endures is splendidly portrayed
31 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Here is a film for any audience, especially it is suitable for a church affair, for of a church it is; yet everything in it. will appeal to those who never enter a religious edifice. The scenario is written by the Rev. Sydney Booth. Charles J. Brabin produced it. Augustus Phillips has the role of the minister who, to save the life of his child, uses money given him for church work. The suffering he endures as the result of the workings of his conscience is splendidly portrayed. There are many moments of deep dramatic suspense, as, for instance, when the minister and his wife (Mary Fuller) sit in the reception-room of the hospital waiting the result of the operation; or when the minister, at the close of his services, asks the congregation to remain, and then confesses what he has done. There is a strong appeal to the feelings when a pillar of the church (Robert Brower) takes the floor as the minister retires and tells the assemblage that the fault is his, as he refused to loan the minister the money. On the screen the people in the congregation are making free use of their handkerchiefs. A holiday audience on Broadway at the same time was doing an unusual amount of coughing and clearing of throats. The operation in the hospital is shown with remarkable fidelity. This is a rare picture. - The Moving Picture World, March 8, 1913


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