The drama opens with the household of Enoch Harrington plunged in sadness. Their first born has died and the father and mother are inconsolable in their grief. Mrs. Harrington later seeks ... See full summary »
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The drama opens with the household of Enoch Harrington plunged in sadness. Their first born has died and the father and mother are inconsolable in their grief. Mrs. Harrington later seeks diversion in society, but the husband is engrossed in his work as a scientist, having a laboratory in his house. He conducts several experiments and is on the verge of success in his invention when an explosion of the chemicals occurs and it subsequently develops that he is blinded for life, his eyesight being permanently destroyed. The wife is saddened for a time, but again seeks relief from sorrow by attending society functions, being the gayest of the gay. At a ball she meets Gilbert Huston, a blasé devotee of fashion, who has a penchant for flirting with young, handsome married women. He is genuinely impressed with the beauty of Mrs. Harrington and lays siege to her heart. She is lonely, as her husband's affliction prevents him from mingling with her set, and turns to him. The intimacy is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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9 November 1911 (USA)  »

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These suicides and attempted suicides are not fair
13 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

While the picture does not give a closely knit, single-situation drama, it does give a story very dramatic and clearly articulated, one that rises on an even slope, becomes more and more interesting, to a very effective and emotional climax. Human hearts can hardly know life except by experience. Like the inventor's wife in this picture, we are often asleep and don't see our own true good until something, often some little thing, wakes us, and then, like her, we see. Her husband had been blinded by an electric flash while working on an invention. He couldn't go around with her to dances and good times as formerly, and she was led into temptation. She was about to leave him for another man. Packing up her things, she came on the dress of her baby who had died and this brought her to herself. It sounds slight, but it is not so in the picture, which is very affecting. The film's weak point is that on her coming back she finds her blind husband about to commit suicide. These suicides and attempted suicides are not fair. They criticize life unjustly, give it a stab in the back. There is more to life than material happiness. It wouldn't have weakened this picture one whit, if the man had recognized that. Besides, these suicides are quite conventional; they've been used and therefore they are used again. Spectators don't hanker for them. They are the easiest way out.

  • The Moving Picture World, November 18, 1911



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