Lessington invests all his money, against his wife's opinion, in a business deal which he thinks will be to their benefit. Just as the deal is consummated, he meets with a severe accident, ... See full summary »

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Lessington - the Husband
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Lessington invests all his money, against his wife's opinion, in a business deal which he thinks will be to their benefit. Just as the deal is consummated, he meets with a severe accident, thereby rendering his lower limbs lifeless. The doctors advise his wife that he must be kept in a perfectly quiet place. Then she is apprehended of his total failure. But as his mind must be clear of all encumbrances, she keeps it to herself, and starts out to look for employment, through which to earn enough money to keep him in solitude. Owing to her good voice, she obtains a position as singer. Her husband, however, thinks that she is growing unfaithful to him, because she is going out every night. Thus it happens that he is left alone one night when there is a wind which blows the curtain against the lamp and overturns it in his room. He sees the carpet and curtain catch fire. His cries for help of course meet with no response, and as the room is filled with smoke and the blaze creeps upward, he... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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23 June 1911 (USA)  »

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An excellent chance for the Edison players to picture human emotions
25 February 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

In many ways this is a beautiful picture. It affords an excellent chance for the Edison players to picture human emotions, and they utilize it with a good deal of power. The paralyzed husband's cure through fright when a curtain blown by the wind has knocked over the lamp, and his beautifully furnished room is in flames, is not made so convincing as his distress at what he thinks is his wife's selfish devotion to social pleasures. She had kept from him the fact that their fortune is gone, and is making a living singing in a theater. His vehement accusation when he is able to walk, but before he finds out the truth, hurt her sorely. The wife's representation of this scene is a very commendable piece of acting. It is worth seeing. - The Moving Picture World, July 8, 1911


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