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The Light That Failed (1912)

Mrs. Harding, wife of the President of the City Electric Company, insists upon her husband buying a chateau in France, where she and her daughter can spend the European season. Harding ... See full summary »
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Earle Williams ...
Ben Quinn
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Mrs. Harding
Tefft Johnson ...
Mr. Harding
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Nell Quinn - Ben's Daughter
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Mrs. Harding, wife of the President of the City Electric Company, insists upon her husband buying a chateau in France, where she and her daughter can spend the European season. Harding pleads a lack of means, and his wife suggests that he cut down the wages of his employees 10 per cent, and secure the purchase price of the chateau. The men object to this reduction when this notice is posted and Ben Quinn, foreman of the power house, as a representative of the workmen, calls upon Mr. Harding at his home, and protests. Mrs. Harding arrogantly denounces him as presumptuous to question their right and privilege. Ben Quinn's little daughter Nell, playing on the streets, has her skull fractured by a lineman of the City Electric Company dropping a hammer upon her head. Ben is notified of the accident. He hastens there from the meeting of his fellow-mechanics and carries his daughter home, where the doctor discovers she is not dead, but it will be necessary to take her to a hospital and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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14 June 1912 (USA)  »

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The train of evils following the reduction of workmen's pay
3 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

This exceptionally well-chosen title strikingly denotes the climax of the story. One of the chief points of the play is the bringing out of the train of evils following the reduction of workmen's pay by a weak husband to gratify the vanity of an ambitious and heartless woman, who insists that her husband must purchase a certain mansion and suggests the cut in pay. There are some strong situations in the picture. A careless lineman, in the employ of the husband, at work on a pole drops a hammer upon the head of a child, who is removed to the hospital for an operation. The men decide to strike against the reduction in pay. The father of the child, doubly angered against his employer by reason of the accident to his child, with his own hand cuts the wires that supply light to the city. The "light fails" in the operating room of the hospital just at the crucial point of the operation on the child's skull. The little one passes away. Miss Rose Tapley as the wife of the capitalist succeeds in her disagreeable part. Phillips, Johnson, Morey, Mrs. Gordon and Adele De Garde all are good. - The Moving Picture World, June 29, 1912


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