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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