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When Mercy Tempers Justice (1912)

The judge had a long calendar, he was weary and inclined to be short in his answers to those who came before him. He brightened up for a moment when a well-known banker was brought before ... See full summary »
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The Impoverished Wife and Mother
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One of the Daughters
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The Impoverished Father
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The Judge
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The Spirit of Justice
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The judge had a long calendar, he was weary and inclined to be short in his answers to those who came before him. He brightened up for a moment when a well-known banker was brought before him. This man was an old clubmate, and the charge of crooked dealing, brought by some ragged depositors, seemed to the court ridiculous. He said so and fixed the bail at a trifling figure, and at that almost apologized to the dignified prisoner. The next in line was a wretched-looking man who had stolen a bottle of milk from a dairy wagon. He did not deny his guilt, but stated that his wife and children were starving. Many times before had the judge heard that excuse, and it only wearied him now. Impatiently he ordered the wife to cease pleading for the man, and he sent the self-confessed thief to Blackwell's Island. That night the judge sat in his well-furnished dining room, smoking a cigar after dinner. Idly his thoughts went to the courtroom, and he lightly remembered the statue of Justice which ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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15 October 1912 (USA)  »

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Presented in a wholesome, even-tempered way that never irritates
20 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

A fantasy presented as the dream of a judge. It has the fine qualities happily often found in offerings by Thanhouser. Containing, as it does, a plea for an equal justice to poor and to rich alike, and being presented in a wholesome, even-tempered way that never irritates, we commend it as a thoroughly worthy picture. Besides this, it will rank high as entertainment; for it is a well acted and gracefully conducted picture. Miss Anderson plays the wife and mother in the poverty- stricken family. One of her two little girls is the Thanhouser kid. The father, who snatches a bottle of milk to keep his kiddies from starvation, is Mr. Cruze, while Mr. Russell is the judge who has favored a rich thief and condemned a poor man. Miss Flo La Badie plays, with her usual grace, the Spirit of Justice, who comes to rebuke the Judge in his dream. - The Moving Picture World, October 26, 1912


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