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A Straight Path (1911)

A busy man neglects his wife. Even the serious illness of his boy fails to keep him home and the child dies in his absence. A friend, in love with the woman, takes advantage of every ... See full summary »
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A busy man neglects his wife. Even the serious illness of his boy fails to keep him home and the child dies in his absence. A friend, in love with the woman, takes advantage of every opportunity to be with her. A youth, driven to desperation, breaks into her home and is captured by her at the point of a gun. He breaks down, sobbing, and tells her a story of privation which touches her heart, and she gives him some money and a photograph of her dead boy as a reminder that the only road to happiness is the straight path, a year later, still neglected, the friend pleads with her to elope with him, and she finally consents. At that moment, the boy comes back to return the money, and the woman, not recalling his name, he sends in the photograph of her child. It brings back her words that the only road to happiness is the straight road, and she recoils in horror at her contemplated deed, Her husband suffers a breakdown from overwork and finds his wife sobbing on the little bed of their ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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30 August 1911 (USA)  »

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Acts powerfully upon the emotions
10 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

In this domestic drama a husband's absorption in business and apparent neglect of his wife constitutes the principal theme. The wife is saved from ruin once by the entrance of a boy burglar, to whom she gives money, a photograph of her dead child and an admonition that the straight path is the only one. A year later she is on the point of eloping with a man who loves her, when the boy to whom she had once given money returns it and shows the photograph to explain his identity. Remembering her own admonition of a year before regarding the straight path, she is saved again. Events bring it to pass that her husband pays more attention to her and takes her upon a second wedding trip. The film is dramatic and acts powerfully upon the emotions. - The Moving Picture World, September 16, 1911


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