A reduction in wages is made by Sergius, a garment maker, and there is a general protest from the poorly-paid help. Sergius' two daughters, Helen and Hattie, richly dressed, call at the ... See full summary »

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Olga - a Poor Russian Dressmaker
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Helen - Sergius's Wealthy Daughter
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Sergius - the Russian Garment Maker
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Hattie - Sergius's Second Daughter
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Vera - Olga's Older Sister
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A reduction in wages is made by Sergius, a garment maker, and there is a general protest from the poorly-paid help. Sergius' two daughters, Helen and Hattie, richly dressed, call at the office to visit him, just as some of the workers enter to make protest against the injustice of the reduction. Helen and Hattie plan to assist the girls. Olga and Vera, two Russian sisters, who are leaders of the protesters, live in a small room in a wretched tenement. Sergius' daughters call to see the two sisters and tell them that they have decided to work for their own living, and ask them if they can share their home with them. Sergius visits the tenement and finds his daughters making his garments. He directs them to return home, but they give no heed to his request and hold out in their determination to stand by their poorer sisters. A few days later, the two daughters, with Olga and Vera, bring their sewing to the factory and are paid by the cashier. Sergius meets them with a pleading look. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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14 March 1913 (USA)  »

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An excellent piece of journalistic picture writing
19 August 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A picture of modern life, showing how the cherished daughters of a sweatshop master worked with his downtrodden employees and lived in poverty until the grasping old man gave living wages. Florence Turner is in the leading role on the workers' side of the situation, and Edith Story is the leading daughter, Courtenay Foote plays the father. The offering is more of a preachment than a story pure and simple, and therefore, while it will make a strong appeal to some, its appeal will not be general. It is full of character, but doesn't ask our sympathy for anyone in particular, so we are kept from putting it, as a cloak, on our own humanity. It is not in any real sense dramatic. Its author, Dean Willets, has done an excellent piece of journalistic picture writing, and Larry Trimble has worked it up most artistically. The photography is perfect. - The Moving Picture World, March 29, 1913


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