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The Higher Law (1911)

A young minister silently loves the school teacher of the village. She, however, looks upon him merely as a friend, because a sea captain has her heart. When the captain returns from a ... See full summary »

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A young minister silently loves the school teacher of the village. She, however, looks upon him merely as a friend, because a sea captain has her heart. When the captain returns from a voyage he asks his sweetheart to become his wife. She consents, and the young minister is given the ungrateful task of performing the ceremony. Soon after the wedding the captain goes off on a long voyage, from which he never returns. The news is brought back that he was drowned. The woman is left friendless and helpless with a child. It is impossible for her to live on without a source of revenue, so she decides she will hunt for a position. But first she determines to find a suitable home for her child. After mental anguish she makes up her mind that the minister would be the only proper person to whom she could entrust her baby. She then leaves the baby and a note on the doorstep of the minister's home and later assures herself by peeping in at the minister's study, that her child was welcome. She ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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10 October 1911 (USA)  »

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It is well acted and commendable
26 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

A young widow, too poor to support her child, has left it in a minister's care and has taken a position as companion with a woman who travels much. This woman leaves her a fortune and she comes back for her child. The minister loves the child. He claims that the child is his by every right. The mother, he claims, cannot even recognize her among other children. The mother tries and truly cannot. But the child's heart needs a mother's sympathy. The child by chance meets the mother, and they soon are great friends. The minister, finding them together, recognizes the higher law and gives up the child. It is well acted and commendable. - The Moving Picture World, October 21, 1911


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