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Dr. Crathern's Experiment (1913)

Being a man of wealth, Dr. Crathern, deformed from birth, spends most of his time going among the poor and administering all the aid possible. On one occasion he is attracted by a cry from ... See full summary »

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Ned Finley ...
Dr. Crathern
Beatrice McKay ...
Hope - a Blind Girl
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Mrs. Marly - Hope's Aunt
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Florence Ashbrooke
Richard Leslie
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Being a man of wealth, Dr. Crathern, deformed from birth, spends most of his time going among the poor and administering all the aid possible. On one occasion he is attracted by a cry from a poor tenement and upon investigating learns that Hope, a poor blind girl, and the niece of Mrs. Marly, is being cruelly beaten by her. He intercedes in her behalf and proposes to the woman that he will be the legal guardian of the child. She agrees, and after the legal formalities have been attended to, Hope is taken to the doctor's home and placed in the care of his housekeeper. Later she is sent away to a school for the blind, and after spending two years at this institution, she returns home, grown to a beautiful womanhood. Believing that she will never see his deformity, Dr. Crathern proposes to her and is accepted. The wedding day has been set, but their plans are sadly interrupted by the appearance of a friend of the doctor's, an eye specialist, who, after examining Hope's eyes, makes the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 July 1913 (USA)  »

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Sets forth a tender sentiment
14 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

There is nothing very new in the situations that develop in this picture; but it has been carefully made, has some extremely pretty scenes, and sets forth a tender sentiment that will make a strong appeal to many spectators. The doctor (Ned Finley) is a cripple and ugly looking; his face doesn't attract the spectator even. He has discovered a blind girl (Beatrice McKay) who is being compelled to beg and is ill-treated. He adopts her and has had her taught to play the piano. In time, he falls in love with her and she returns his affection; but before the marriage, a fellow practitioner finds a new cure and she has her sight restored. Her benefactor is afraid she will not he able to love him since she can now see him, but his fears prove to be empty. The script, by W.A. Tremayne, has been produced by Van Dyke Brooke. It is a well-acted offering. - The Moving Picture World, August 9, 1913


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