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The Penalty of Intemperance (1912)

John comes home intoxicated and his brutal actions compel Kate to seek the protection of the law. He is arrested for cruelty and non-support and sent to the Island. His family becomes ... See full summary »

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Donald MacKenzie ...
John Lewis - the Husband
Hazel Neason ...
Kate Lewis - the Wife
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Little Mary Lewis - the Child
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John comes home intoxicated and his brutal actions compel Kate to seek the protection of the law. He is arrested for cruelty and non-support and sent to the Island. His family becomes destitute, the young girl is sent to a charitable home and Kate and the baby to the hospital on the Island. Later, her health being partially restored, Kate works for her board that she may be near her baby. The previous privation, however, has been too much for the tender child. Its weakened body finally succumbs to the illness. John, who is a prisoner on the same island, learns of Kate's presence, and upon hearing of the child's death, is grief-stricken. He secures permission to see his child before the burial. The realization comes over John that he is to blame for all this sorrow and he determines to change his ways. After the baby's death, Kate returns to the city and secures employment. Two months later John is liberated and solemnly promises his wife that he will lead a new life. Kate takes him to... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 June 1912 (USA)  »

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Not a mawkish, drunkard's conversion picture
11 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

The skill with which this picture was made lifts it out of the tract class. It is a dignified, well-acted film, and not a mawkish, drunkard's conversion picture. The drunkard is "awakened" to a sense of his horrible short-coming, but it comes about in a realistic, convincing way, and after a very tragic but truthful statement of his case. Mr. Donald Mackensie and Miss Neilsen play the leads, as the drunkard and his wife, very poor people. Miss Neilsen's work, in its suggestion of the pathetic, is very effective, but the whole cast does very well indeed. The scene maker shows commendable restraint. We commend it as a good offering. - The Moving Picture World, July 13, 1912


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