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A Baby's Shoe (1909)

The story tells of the young widowed mother of two children who is forced by extreme poverty to part with one of her children, a baby girl, by placing it in a basket on the door steps of a ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

Writer:

D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Florence Lawrence ... The Poor Mother
Owen Moore ... The Son
Linda Arvidson ... The Daughter
George Nichols ... The Priest
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... The Adoptive Mother
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... The Adoptive Father
Arthur V. Johnson ... The Doctor
David Miles ... The Second Priest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clara T. Bracy Clara T. Bracy
Kate Bruce
W. Chrystie Miller
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... The Rectory Doorman
Herbert Prior ... A Butler
Mack Sennett ... A Butler
Kate Toncray Kate Toncray
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The story tells of the young widowed mother of two children who is forced by extreme poverty to part with one of her children, a baby girl, by placing it in a basket on the door steps of a wealthy banker. Before leaving the baby the poor mother takes one of its little shoes to keep as a memento. Returning to her cheerless home she is seized with a paroxysm and falls lifeless in a chair, with her little boy at her side. A neighbor hearing her cries runs for the parish priest, who finds the poor woman beyond human aid. Her soul has departed into eternity. She still clutches the little shoe which mutely tells the woman's sad story. The good priest takes the boy as well as his sister's shoe. Meanwhile the baby has been found by the banker and his wife and they decide to adopt it. Fifteen years elapse and we find the girl grown up in blissful ignorance of her origin, of course imagining the banker and his wife her parents, while the boy has gone through his collegiate course preparatory to... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Threads of Fate See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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23 February 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

The 34 year old D.W. Griffith causes tension in his viewers in this short film by swaying them to oppose his parochial views that are expressed through his characters. The story serves his agenda, omitting diversity and rewriting history.


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