The Last Sentence (1917)

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George Crosby, a New York lawyer, with a passion for painting, wearied of his legal duties, sails for Brittany, where he meets Renée Kerouac, a fisher-maiden, and sketches her as a Corregan... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Crosby
Miriam Nesbitt ...
Cynthia Ford
Grace Williams ...
Renée Kerouac
Herbert Prior ...
Hoel Calloc
Florence Stover ...
Mrs. Crosby
Gladys Gane ...
Elaine Ivans ...
Raymond McKee ...
Val Lewis
Margery Bonney Erskine ...
Mrs. Lewis
Jessie Stevens ...
Mére Kerouac
William Wadsworth ...
Pére Kerouac
Fred Jones ...
Raoul Kerouac
Mrs. Stuart ...
Fisher Woman
Janet Dawley ...
Fisher Child
Joan Morgan ...
Fisher Child


George Crosby, a New York lawyer, with a passion for painting, wearied of his legal duties, sails for Brittany, where he meets Renée Kerouac, a fisher-maiden, and sketches her as a Corregan, a fairy who destroys the men who refuse her love. Hoel Kalloc, her betrothed, becomes jealous, and George marries her, after saving her from Hoel's brutality. He soon realizes her inferiority and the impossibility of introducing her as his wife; so he sends her to a convent to be educated, promising to send for her as soon as she has acquired the polish necessary in his sphere of life. Returning to America, he keeps his marriage a secret and is struggling to forget, when he receives a note that a girl, who she has named after him, has been born to her. George later meets Cynthia Ford, with whom he falls in love, and on receiving word of the death of Renée and the baby in a fire in the convent, they become betrothed. However, during the following winter, Renée reappears, and when George denies that... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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1 January 1917 (USA)  »

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Left too much of it unexplained
3 November 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Dramatic situations aplenty and to spare are to be found in "The Last Sentence," a five-reel photoplay made by the Edison Company from a novel by Maxwell Gray. Three generations are Included in the story, the big moment being reached when a judge is about to pass the death sentence upon a young girl for the crime of infanticide and discovers that the prisoner is his own daughter. In spite of this fact, he pronounces the death penalty, after the girl has been convicted on circumstantial evidence that is anything but overwhelming. The situation which brings about the happy ending is quite beyond belief. The girl is secretly married to a wealthy young reprobate and has given him her promise not to divulge the fact. He goes to the Maine woods in an effort to get rid of the drink habit and takes his baby with him, the infant his wife is accused of killing. Such an example of wifely sacrifice has never been equaled; rather than break her word she goes through the trial and her subsequent imprisonment without speaking, and is saved at the last moment by the return of her husband. Edward H. Griffith, who adapted the novel to the screen, has retained too much of the original material and left too much of it unexplained. Handicapped by such a scenario, the efforts of the cast are almost negative. – The Moving Picture World, January 13, 1917

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