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Through the Breakers (1909)

A society couple, neglect their young daughter in favor of their social life. When the girl becomes seriously ill, the father realizes the errors of his ways and stays home with her, ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
James Kirkwood ... Mr. Nostrand
Marion Leonard ... Mrs. Nostrand
Adele DeGarde ... The Nostrand Child
Kate Bruce ... The Nurse
George Nichols ... The Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson
Charles Craig Charles Craig ... At the Ball / At the Soiree
Donald Crisp ... At the Club
Gladys Egan
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... At the Soiree / Among Servants
Robert Harron ... At the Club
Ruth Hart Ruth Hart ... Caller / At Whist Party / At the Soiree
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... Caller / At Whist Party / At the Soiree
Arthur V. Johnson ... At the Ball / At the Soiree
Florence La Badie
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A society couple, neglect their young daughter in favor of their social life. When the girl becomes seriously ill, the father realizes the errors of his ways and stays home with her, demanding his wife do likewise. She sneaks out to a dance and the child takes a turn for the worse. By the time she returns home the child is dead. After her husband leaves her, the mother realizes her selfishness and begs forgiveness at her daughter's grave. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1909 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Edgewater, New Jersey, USA

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Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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10 October 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

James Kirkwood and Marion Leonard have a daughter. The parents go back to their society routines, Kirkwood to business and his club, Leonard to her whist parties. When the girl becomes ill, Kirkwood grows concerned and tells his wife should should take care of their daughter. She, however, thinks he is being unreasonable and returns to her friends.

By the end of 1909, D.W. Griffith had all his techniques well in hand, including strong acting, good crowd direction and his Victorian story-telling to guide the plot, which s a trifle underwritten for two reels of film. The copy I looked at, on the Library of Congress' National Screening Room, was in good shape for the first half, but the second half had large parts so light they were unwatchable: the portions set in the couple's home.


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