Mary is married to John Adams and discovers that he is a drug fiend and a thief. She surprises him and his pal dividing their plunder, and in her anger threatens to expose him. He threatens... See full summary »
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John Adams - the First Husband (as William Walthall)
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Mary - the Wife
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Mary is married to John Adams and discovers that he is a drug fiend and a thief. She surprises him and his pal dividing their plunder, and in her anger threatens to expose him. He threatens her with a revolver, and in the struggle that follows he is shot. She thinks he is dead and becomes mentally deranged, wandering about till a wealthy woman finds her, who gives her a home. Mary recovers her reason but suffers a loss of memory. The benefactress is taken sick and dies, and Mary marries the doctor who attended her. The first husband discovers her and calls upon her during the doctor's absence. The shock of meeting him brings back her lost memory and a realization of the awful situation she is in. Adams tries to blackmail her, and to get rid of him she makes an appointment for that evening. As the times approaches she loses her self-control and decides to commit suicide by poison. She mixes the draught and goes to say a last good-bye to her child in another room. Adams comes in and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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2 December 1911 (USA)  »

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Miss Jane Fearnley plays the woman's part with much intelligence
30 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

There is a very effectively acted tragic situation in this picture. A woman, wife of a burglar, struggles with her husband for a revolver, which is discharged. Thinking him dead, she goes out of her mind and although she recovers, has no memory of her former life. She marries happily and has a child, when the first man turns up and demands that she come to him. Her husband has left the house; the man is waiting outside. She prepares a poison cup, but leaves it to take one more look at her sleeping child. The man enters, thinks the glass holds harmless wine, and drinking it, dies. Miss Jane Fearnley plays the woman's part with much intelligence. The man is played by Wm. Walthall. It is an artistic picture, although the death scene is made gruesome and weakens the effect of the picture as a whole. Again, the motivation of the picture is open to misinterpretation. - The Moving Picture World, December 9, 1911


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