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As a Father Spareth His Son (1913)

Stern Dr. May through an erroneous idea of what constitutes fraternal duty, endeavors to force his son into a profession for which he has absolutely no aptitude. This boy, who has rather a ... See full summary »

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Lt. Chester Rowell
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Young Phil May - the Son
George Hernandez ...
Dr. May - the Father
William Ryno ...
John Rowan (as W.H. Rhyno)
Adele Lane ...
Dorothy Reade
Lea Errol ...
Mrs. Jones - the Landlady
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Stern Dr. May through an erroneous idea of what constitutes fraternal duty, endeavors to force his son into a profession for which he has absolutely no aptitude. This boy, who has rather a gay deposition, has some ideas of his own, and as his father threatens with disinheritance if he does not study medicine, he goes out into the world to make his own way. His father, set in his ideas, is so irritated that he throws all sorts of obstacles in his way, and as a result the boy is ousted from various jobs. He has married, but as he goes drifting into poverty, he grows desperate. As a last resource, he enlists in the army and is sent west, leaving his wife destitute. Unhappily, he is in the company of an officer who was at one time his rival in love, who now proceeds to persecute him, as an officer can a subordinate. While in the guardhouse on a trumped-up charge, he receives a letter from the landlady of the boarding house where he left his wife, informing him of her serious illness. He ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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15 October 1913 (USA)  »

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Will not appeal to the healthy minded
16 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

It is literally true that not one leading character in this picture behaves with a show of that common sense that is usually given to mortals. In consequence, it is a tragedy, brutal and distressing, which will not appeal to the healthy minded. This is not the fault of the players, who are human and even wise in their art; nor is it the producer's fault; but the fault of the writer of its script. A very poor offering. - The Moving Picture World, November 1, 1913


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