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A Child's Impulse (1910)

Mrs. Thurston, a socially ambitious widow, is holding one of her famous Bohemian parties. To these functions are invited the leading lights of the several professions, actors, artists, ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Credited cast:
Vivian Prescott ... Mrs. Thurston - the Widow
Charles West Charles West ... Raymond Hartley
Mary Pickford ... Grace
Joseph Graybill ... The Other Man
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... The Butler / Passerby
Guy Hedlund ... The Farmer
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... The Turk / Policeman
Robert Harron ... The Country Boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edwin August
Florence Barker
Clara T. Bracy Clara T. Bracy ... On Farm
Verner Clarges Verner Clarges ... At First Party
Charles Craig Charles Craig ... At First Party
Edward Dillon ... At First Party / At Second Party
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... At Second Party (as Jack Dillon)
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Mrs. Thurston, a socially ambitious widow, is holding one of her famous Bohemian parties. To these functions are invited the leading lights of the several professions, actors, artists, musicians, etc. Surrounded by these men and women of art and letters, she was at first entertained, but they soon palled and bored. On this evening in particular, she is especially possessed of ennui, until the appearance of Raymond Hartley, a wealthy young bachelor, who is introduced into the circle by a newspaper man. An attachment immediately springs up between the widow and Raymond, and it must he said that the latter is more sincere than the former, for Raymond calls upon her and proposes marriage, which she is only too willing to accept. His friends, however, upon finding out the seriousness of the situation, go and warn him against her, accusing her of being a flirt. He, of course, will not believe until he himself later finds their accusation true. His friend and chum suggests a stay in the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1910 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Westfield, New Jersey, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent
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A subtle study in the impulses and influences which mold men's actions
7 July 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

"And a little child shall lead them." Whether or not one is ready to accept this picture in its entirety one must, indeed, admit its dramatic power and agree that it is graced by consummate acting. Is is not difficult to understand the indecision which possesses Raymond. Such indecision has been characteristic of men since there were men. But the interposition of the child arouses something in him which lay dormant, as it does in the heart of main a man until an influence like this causes it to blaze forth and sweep nil obstacles from its path. Men are impulsive, and while their impulses are not always to be commended, this picture conclusively shows that they can be made right under the proper influence. In reality this picture is a subtle study in the impulses and influences which mold men's actions, and as such it possesses more than the ordinary dramatic and ethical interest. - The Moving Picture World, July 9, 1910


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