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The Mothering Heart (1913)

 -  Short | Drama  -  21 June 1913 (USA)
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A young couple struggle to get ahead, the wife always assuaging the troubles of her melancholy husband. As he climbs the ladder of success, he abandons the homely values and takes up with ... See full summary »

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Walter Miller ...
Joe - the Young Husband
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Kate Bruce ...
Young Wife's Mother
Viola Barry ...
The 'Idle Woman' / Outside Club
Charles West ...
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Jennie Lee ...
The Wash Customer
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A young couple struggle to get ahead, the wife always assuaging the troubles of her melancholy husband. As he climbs the ladder of success, he abandons the homely values and takes up with another woman. His wife leaves him, returning to her mother's home where she bears a child. When the husband is abandoned by his concubine, remorse drives him to find his wife... Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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A Song of Two Humans
19 August 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

D.W. Griffith's version of the classic "American Film Tragedy" - Poor Young Couple is threatened when the man meets… The Seductress! Lillian Gish and Walter Miller are the plain, unassuming lovers; they marry, and she has a child. When they go to Town, Temptress Viola Barry spies hunky Mr. Miller, and the dye is cast. She conveniently has car trouble when he is passing by, and begins her seduction. Miller steps out on Ms. Gish, who finds an incriminating glove in Miller's pocket… and, so on...

For Griffith and company, "The Mothering Heart" is a bit of a let-down, considering the high quality of the recent "The Burglars's Dilemma" (1912) and "Death's Marathon" (1912). Though everyone works hard, the situation and club flirtation scenes are somewhat silly.

***** The Mothering Heart (6/21/13) D.W. Griffith ~ Lillian Gish, Walter Miller, Viola Barry


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