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Such Is the Kingdom (1911)

George Williams, a young and newly ordained minister, is assigned to a church and lives with the old pastor, Jenkins. The latter's daughter, Gladys, becomes imbued with a desire to leave ... See full summary »
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The Rector's Daughter
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George Williams, a young and newly ordained minister, is assigned to a church and lives with the old pastor, Jenkins. The latter's daughter, Gladys, becomes imbued with a desire to leave the quiet little town, and runs away to the city to seek employment on the stage. Her father is furious and disowns her. One day two little girls of a neighbor run to the parsonage in escaping from their father, who wishes to ship them. The Rev. Jenkins remonstrates with the angry man and explains to him that he should teach by love and forgiveness and not with the rod, and the father takes his girls in his arms and promises never to be harsh again. Gladys is soon disillusioned, being unable to secure employment, and penitently returns to her rooms. Jenkins orders her out, and when Williams intercedes for her he loses his temper. Williams, angry and disgusted at the religious hypocrisy of the older man who teaches his flock tenets which he refuses to apply to his own child, roundly scores Jenkins and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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3 May 1911 (USA)  »

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The subject wasn't the best kind for a photoplay
23 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

A sermon is here shown on the screen. It set forth the hypocrisy of a minister who loves his outward whitened walls, more than the inward sweetness of human love. He had admonished his neighbor for severity toward children, but is coldly and wantonly severe with his own daughter, who deserves only praise, severe even to turning her out into the world. The story is told very plainly. Even the talented actress who played the heroine seemed more anxious to make the text clear than to show the emotional content of the situation. It is an effective picture, our only comment being that the subject wasn't the best kind for a photoplay. - The Moving Picture World, May 20, 1911


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