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Mother Love (1910)

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A mother loses her sanity when she loses her child. Her husband brings home a newly adopted child, and she regains her health.

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A happy young couple are entertaining a houseful of visitors; it is the christening of their first baby. The child falls ill and the parents become anxious when the heroic measures of the physician show no results. The child sinks, sinks, sinks, until at last, with the couple standing over the little bed, the babe steps softly into the domain of angels, closing its eyes in the slumber that knows no awakening. The mother is stupefied when the doctor drops his hand significantly, and does not seem to realize her bereavement. Her hands grip the air tensely, spasmodically. Her eyes bulge in their sockets; she swoons; and when she is revived the horrible truth is only too evident; her mentality has collapsed. She shrinks in terror from her husband, whom she falls utterly to recognize. He pleads with her, but the mystic forces, shattered, will not respond. He has suddenly become a stranger to her! She is not a violent maniac; she seems entirely rational only in that she fails to remember ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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7 March 1910 (USA)  »

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it will bring dollars to the exhibitor
14 March 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

If the "Imp" continues to give us pictures of the kind and quality of "Mother Love" the independent exhibitors will not lack headliners for their programs. While the theme is not new. it is one which presents the opportunity for powerful dramatic effect and calls for the best efforts of the actors. And in all fairness to the "Imp'' performers it must be said that they have made the most of their opportunity. "Mother Love" is a film that brings honor to the producer and it will bring dollars to the exhibitor. Seldom, if ever, have we seen a similar subject better handled. A young mother loses her reason through the death of her child and regains it when her husband replaces it with an adopted baby of strong resemblance. The attending circumstances are skillfully worked out and the film received the breathless attention and applause of the house in which we saw it. - The Moving Picture World, March 12, 1910


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