Mrs. Cleves has been failing for some time so the doctor advises sending her little girl to the country that the mother may be free from care. Little Edna is entrusted to Mrs. Cleves' ... See full summary »
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Bessie Learn ...
Helen - the Little Organist
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Mrs. Cleves - Helen's Sister
Edna May Weick ...
Edna - Mrs. Cleves' Little Girl
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Cyrus Cummins - The Minister
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The Deacon
Mrs. William Bechtel ...
Mrs. Glib - Village Gossip
Clara Smith ...
Mrs. Sneer - Village Gossip (as Clara Reynolds Smith)
Charles M. Seay ...
Village Loafer
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Mrs. Cleves has been failing for some time so the doctor advises sending her little girl to the country that the mother may be free from care. Little Edna is entrusted to Mrs. Cleves' younger sister Helen, who takes her to a small country town. When they are attending church one Sunday, the organist is taken ill and Helen takes his place at the organ. Her playing creates quite a sensation and after service she is surrounded by an admiring group. The men are particularly attentive, and this creates no end of jealousy among the women who see in Helen a formidable rival. One evening, while practicing her music on the church organ for the following Sunday, she is joined by the young minister who has been very much attracted to her. On leaving the church they are espied by Mrs. Glib and Mrs. Sneer, two village gossips. These two take it upon themselves to safeguard the morals of the village and follow them to Helen's house. After the minister has bid her goodnight, they peek through the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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19 January 1912 (USA)  »

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The taint of the gossip can hardly be forgotten
13 August 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The curse of village gossip is adequately pictured in this interesting film. A young woman arouses the jealousy of certain village busybodies and when the minister shows his preference for her some means is sought to destroy her character. She has taken her sister's child to care for and when these gossips discover her romping with the little girl they immediately spread the usual scandalous tale. Things are in a bad way for her when the child's mother fortunately appears to take her home. 'The minister is asked to resign, but when the mystery is cleared up there is a revulsion of feeling and he is asked to stay. When he introduces the young woman as his future wife the clouds all pass away. But the taint of the gossip can hardly be forgotten. It is almost a feature. - The Moving Picture World, February 3, 1912


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