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When Society Calls (1913)

Because her husband always has nightly engagements, Mrs. Bentley, in conversation with her friends, is advised to go and do likewise. This causes a separation between the couple, and a ... See full summary »

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Herbert Bentley
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Mrs. Herbert Bentley
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An Elderly Paralytic
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Grace Bentley - the Little Girl
Charles Eldridge
Mrs. Phillips
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Because her husband always has nightly engagements, Mrs. Bentley, in conversation with her friends, is advised to go and do likewise. This causes a separation between the couple, and a provision in the legal instrument calls for the abode of their child to be six months with the mother and the other six months of the year with the father. After living six months with her mother, Grace, the little girl, is glad to get away, for she has been out mostly every night and has not given her any care. But the child soon learns that her father is living the same life, and when she is taken suddenly ill and father and mother meet at the bedside, she sends them both away because they have not treated her right. She likes her paralytic grandfather. The parents, who have been outside, are attracted to the room by a loud groan from the old man and in the presence of her parents, grandfather and nurse, the little girl passes away. Through the invisible power coming from the old man's eye, father and... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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31 July 1913 (USA)  »

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There is a great sameness in the characters
28 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

A picture of sentiment, written by Eugene Mullin, commercially, to sell. The author has cleverly chosen things that have pleased audiences many times before and has skilfully put them together to please again. It was dry to us, but not to all in the audience. In all these offerings there is a great sameness in the characters and in the feelings excited in us by what they do. It starts in with some views of sordid society life, then works up our pity for a neglected child and prepares us for its pathetic ending. Wilfred North produced it. Courtenay Foote has part as an old man; but the character adds nothing to the result. - The Moving Picture World, August 23, 1913


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