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Behind the Scenes (1908)

A mother works as a dancer to support her ill daughter. One night while performing, the mother has a vision of her child dying. She rushes home, but it is too late.


D.W. Griffith


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
Florence Lawrence ... Mrs. Bailey
Gladys Egan ... Mrs. Bailey's Daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... Member of Audience / Backstage Man
Robert Harron ... Messenger
Charles Inslee ... Manager
George Nichols ... The Doctor
Mack Sennett ... Backstage Man


Mrs. Bailey, the young widowed mother of a child, now ill, and with but faint chance of recovery, must undergo the torture of smilingly responding to the generous plaudits of a thoughtless throng at the theater, while her heart is torn with anguish that only a mother can appreciate, for "Earth holds no symbol, has no living sign to image forth a mother's deathless love." 'Tis the opening night of a big production at the opera house, and at eight o'clock we still find the distracted actress in her humble apartment bending over the wan figure of her little one, while her own mother stands by in mute distress. A knock at the door signals the entrance of the call-boy, with a note from the manager to say that she must come at once to the theater or suffer the loss of her position, a thing she can ill afford, as it furnishes the only revenue, meager as it is, with which she maintains her little home. Madly rushing to the theater, she hastens into her costume and appears at the entrance just... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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11 September 1908 (USA) See more »

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Behind the Scenes: Where All Is Not Gold That Glitters See more »

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