A woman is betrayed by her cruel husband, who uses their child to further torment her.



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Credited cast:
Zelma Bryce
Maurice Steuart ...
The Little Fellow (as Maury Stewart)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Dahl ...
Helen King
David Gray
Joe Giles (as Joseph Smiley)
Edwin Bryce (as John Sainpolis)


A woman is betrayed by her cruel husband, who uses their child to further torment her.

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15 April 1917 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pauvre coeur  »

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1.33 : 1
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Sleeping Fires (1917) -- Lost Film ?
28 June 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Important note: This is not a film review. I hope to be able to find and add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.

This 1917 silent drama, that was produced by Daniel Frohman for Famous Players Film Company , starring actress Pauline Frederick. Sadly now considered a lost film, all I can offer the reader is an original review from The Evening Tribune, June 24, 1917, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

PAULINE FREDERICK in "Sleeping Fires," the headline attraction at the Gaiety Theatre for the first half of the week, is a story of universal appeal, dealing with the greatest of human emotions, a mother's love. Miss Frederick takes the part of Zelma Bryce, a women whose religion, prevents her from accepting a divorce (sic) and whose intense devotion and affection for her little son, known in the picture as "The Little Fellow," cause her to display the claws of the primitive tiger- woman, when attached through her child. Her unprincipled husband, Edward Bryce, is in love with his young secretary, Helen King, and is willing to sacrifice all to marry her. They plan to influence Mrs. Bryce through "the little fellow," and a relentless nurse is hired to guard him, and keep him away from his mother. The latter, desperate, strives to forget, and take up social settlement work, meeting in this way a young lawyer who gains her confidence. Mrs. Bryce steals the child from the husband, being unable to wait for the decision of the court. In a quarrel which ensues, the husband is accidentally (sic) shot. The young wife is accused of the crime. Gray defends her in a long trial, during which the mother thinks many times, that she has reached the limits of endurance. It finally results in the verdict, "Not guilty," and the innocent mother is at length free to take up the threads of her broken life again with Gray and "the little fellow," who has also suffered during the long separation.

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