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The Mother and the Law (1919)

 -  Drama  -  18 August 1919 (USA)
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A re-edited version of the 'modern' story from Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916).

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The Little Dear One
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The Boy
Miriam Cooper ...
The Friendly One
Vera Lewis ...
Miss Mary Jenkins
Sam De Grasse ...
Clyde E. Hopkins ...
Jenkin's Secretary
F.A. Turner ...
The Girl's Father
Walter Long ...
The Musketeer of the Town
Ralph Lewis ...
The Governor
Edward Dillon ...
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A.W. McClure ...
The Priest
Lloyd Ingraham ...
The Judge
William Brown ...
The Warder
Max Davidson ...
The Kindly Neighbor
Alberta Lee ...
The Wife
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Two young people are made homeless by a strike. They struggle valiantly to survive their desolate situation, which grows worse as reform-minded citizens remove the couple's child from their care and the young father is falsely accused and convicted of murder. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A drama of human hearts

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Anya és törvény  »

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Edited from Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916) See more »

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Witness the Execution
24 November 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

When his "Intolerance" (1916) failed to match the long-term box office returns of its predecessor, director D.W. Griffith extended the film's initial success by releasing two of his epic's four stories as separate features. These were "The Fall of Babylon" (comprising the film's opulent "Babylonian Story") and "The Mother and the Law" (comprising the film's outstanding "Modern Story" segments). These were released at a time when Griffith films continued to be in great demand.

Mixing old, cut, and brand new footage, "The Mother and the Law" is, on its own, an excellent film. The story was unreleased in 1914, then revised to follow-up the release of "The Birth of a Nation" (1915). Instead, it formed the basis for the anchor story of "Intolerance", which was at least partially influenced by the criticism of Griffith as a racist - which was not a accusation leveled in hindsight; it was immediate, and was a profound (and positive) influence on the rest of Griffith's career.

"Intolerance" was also criticized - this time, for Griffith's stinging attack on the Moralists (or Reformers) of society. In the film, they are the "Uplifters" group of women who proclaim, "We must have laws to make people good." These legislators of morality are still around, along with many of the themes Griffith covers in "The Mother and the Law". But, the director did not consider groups like "The Salvation Army" to be Uplifters - so, in new footage, they are seen doing positive work.

The most important change, or addition, to the story involves a scene which accompanies the devastating words, "Owing to your lack of care of the baby before we took it, it has died." Those familiar with "Intolerance" should be able to figure out how this line fits in; and, it accompanies an outstanding scene featuring Mae Marsh ("The Dear One"). We also learn that Robert Harron ("The Boy") had Miriam Cooper ("The Friendly One") as his "first sweetheart," which helps explain her motivation.

There are additional subtle, and some starkly different moments. Mr. Harron's passing of an open grave serves to put his own fate back in play. The additional footage of Harron and Ms. Marsh at a lumberyard is simplicity in complex. And, the striking original images remain - even the tortured spinster Vera Lewis (as Mary Jenkins) acting the line, "Seeing youth drawn to youth, Miss Jenkins realizes the bitter fact that she is no longer a part of the younger world," deserved singular praise, somewhere.

********* The Mother and the Law (8/18/19) D.W Griffith ~ Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Miriam Cooper, Walter Long


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