Could have stood a bit of brightening in several places
A picture of sentiment and of sorrow turned to joy in the end. It is printed in sharply contrasted black and white tones. These are very effective in some of its scenes, such as the doctor's visit to the rich home, where there is somber dignity, and also they are not out of place in the kitchen scene, where the child's surroundings are in keeping with a gloomy outlook; but they are a bit hard. Children seldom get such an impression of the world as they suggest, and to use them in scenes such as that at the orphanage and at the grave of the child's mother, after she has run away from the hard woman, seems to give to the picture more than its due of sadness. The story is effectively pictured and could have stood a bit of brightening in several places. The kind-hearted woman came to the orphanage to adopt a child a minute or so too late to get the little girl, whom the hard-faced woman had just taken. The child runs away from the hard woman and the kind woman's husband finds her. The picture is carefully designed and commendably acted. It is worthy. - The Moving Picture World, November 4, 1911
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