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Left too much of it unexplained

Author: deickemeyer from Chicago
3 November 2014

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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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