The story depicts a youth at the crossroads of life, listening to the call of the church, renouncing love and worldly pleasure which beckon him and consecrating himself to the priesthood. ... See full summary »
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The story depicts a youth at the crossroads of life, listening to the call of the church, renouncing love and worldly pleasure which beckon him and consecrating himself to the priesthood. It shows a woman of the world with ideal, pure-hearted love within her grasp, surrendering her lover to a sanctified existence. Written by Richard J. Gardner

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21 January 1911 (USA)  »

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This can be safely called the strongest independent release of the week
2 November 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Sometimes it seems as though any picture in which Marion Leonard appears is certain to be good. There are degrees of goodness, however, and the Reliance Company, while it has made a good average record, releases uneven reels. "The Refuge," for example, was unworthy of the company. "A Sacrifice—and Then." was remarkably good. "On Kentucky Soil" was uneven. "The Vows" has scarcely an instant from the time the young man leaves the kindly monks to go out into the world "to do men good," as he expressed, to the closing scene, when the girl he loves, and who loves him, puts the habit of the monk about him, and goes out into the world, leaving him kneeling enraptured before the altar. The development of the plot from the time when the young reporter, the novitiate, goes to interview the actress and is attracted by her assumed domesticity and infatuated by her beauty, both the girl and the man do what seems wholly natural. The scene where he enters and finds a rival in progress, and drives them out of the house, impresses with the man's masterful personality. The dramatic unities have been well maintained, and the two stars have risen to the opportunity presented in each instance, producing a film well worth the attention of those who want to see a film drama above the ordinary. Undoubtedly this can be safely called the strongest independent release of the week. - The Moving Picture World, February 4, 1911


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