Helen, an heiress and the ward of Martin Talbot, is interested in charity and rescue work; she is vice president of the League of Mercy. Talbot's son makes love to her and her riches. In ... See full summary »
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Helen, an heiress and the ward of Martin Talbot, is interested in charity and rescue work; she is vice president of the League of Mercy. Talbot's son makes love to her and her riches. In her visitations among the sick and poor she finds a young girl with a child. She takes the young mother to her home, aid and comforts her; tries to restore her to health. While she is thus engaged young Talbot, to whom she becomes affianced, enters. The young mother recognizes him as the father of her child. Helen gives back her engagement ring, denounces him and orders him from her home. The sick woman falls back dead. Helen adopts the child and brings it up as a member of her own household. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A Man Was the Cause of It All
15 February 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Grace Lewis does charitable work for an organization that takes care of unwed mothers. When she discovers that the child of a dying unwed mother was fathered by her fiancé, she adopts the child.

It certainly an old-fashioned and heavy-handed melodrama by modern standards, but this film is quite watchable. Vitagraph had fine production values, good acting and the staff knew how to tell a story that appealed to its audience. Changes had been sweeping the American film industry since its beginning, but the changes since 1908, when D.W. Griffith had taken charge at Biograph had upped the competition fiercely. Vitagraph had responded the best of all the Patents Trust companies and would be the last of them standing a decade and a half later when the Warner Brothers would buy out the studio.


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