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The Quality of Mercy (1913)

Emma Leighton, an orphan, lives with her irritable old uncle and kind-hearted aunt on a farm far away from the city. Near the farm is a shooting lodge owned by Harvey Manning, who comes ... See full summary »

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Adele Lane ...
Edwin Wallock ...
Paul Mason
Roy Watson ...
Casper Leighton - Emma's Uncle
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Mary Leighton - Emma's Aunt
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Dr. Arthur Hartley
Mr. Shurlock ...
Rev. Charles Maitland
Charles Dillon ...
Rev. Howard Thompson
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Emma Leighton, an orphan, lives with her irritable old uncle and kind-hearted aunt on a farm far away from the city. Near the farm is a shooting lodge owned by Harvey Manning, who comes there with his friend, Paul Mason. In time Harvey, who is a club man of not the best type, meets Emma. He becomes infatuated with her and his city ways please the countrified girl. Shortly after Paul notices that his friend wants to take advantage of the girl and he remonstrates with him. Harvey, not being accustomed to taking advice, silences his friend. Harvey is suddenly called away to the city and before he goes sends a messenger with a note to Emma telling her to come to the city, where they will be married. The note is delivered to her just after she has been whipped by her irascible old uncle, and deciding that life in the country is no longer endurable, leaves at once for the city, where she meets Harvey, who takes her to his apartment. As the girl is demanding that the marriage be performed at... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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24 November 1913 (USA)  »

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A situation unusually strong in the possibilities
20 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

One's attention is quickly captured by the situation developed by the first scenes of this picture; it is a situation unusually strong in the possibilities of convincing tragedy that are suggested in connection with its title. Stated briefly, the picture's whole story is of two weddings, both performed by the same minister, but the girl who, in the first instance, makes a runaway match is afterward led to suppose the marriage an illegal one. Some years later, when she is a widow, the same minister comes to marry her again and thus she learns that he was really a minister when the first ceremony was performed. This is a more commonplace development than the opening, with its harsh uncle in the background, seemed to promise, but just as it is it will make a picture that will hold the many. The author is Wallace Clifton; the producer, N. McGregor. - The Moving Picture World, December 6, 1913


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