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A Flash of Light (1910)

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John Rogers, a young chemist, is sincerely loved by the eldest of two sisters, but in a state of infatuation prefers the younger girl, fascinated by what he would call vivacity, but which ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Credited cast:
Charles West Charles West ... John Rogers
Vivian Prescott ... Belle
Stephanie Longfellow Stephanie Longfellow ... The Older Sister
Verner Clarges Verner Clarges ... The Father
Joseph Graybill ... Horace Dooley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Bernard Dorothy Bernard
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... A Doctor
Charles Craig Charles Craig ... Wedding Guest
Edward Dillon ... At First Party
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... At First Party / At Second Party (as Jack Dillon)
Ruth Hart Ruth Hart ... At Second Party
Guy Hedlund ... At First Party / At Second Party
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... Visitor
Henry Lehrman ... At Second Party (unconfirmed)
Jeanie Macpherson
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John Rogers, a young chemist, is sincerely loved by the eldest of two sisters, but in a state of infatuation prefers the younger girl, fascinated by what he would call vivacity, but which is nothing less than frivolousness. He marries her, and she soon tires of a life of domesticity. He tries to interest her in his chemical experiments but they simply bore her, although they are interesting to the sister, which interest is born of a pure love which she still holds. While he is working in his laboratory, the wife is either entertaining or being entertained by friends. She is in her element at a dinner party, when an explosion takes place in her husband's laboratory, apparently destroying his sight and hearing. It is a sad house she returns to after her evening's pleasure. There is her husband, deaf and sightless. You may imagine her lot is now more repugnant, as his helplessness annoys her, so she eagerly accepts diversion. This comes in the form of an offer from one of her friends, a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1910 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Вспышка света See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent
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The 35 Year Old D.W. Griffith
31 October 2003 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

This wild melodrama has every emotional and narrative stop pulled. It engages with the issue of the ideal wife in an era of successive divorces. The flash of light is basically in the climatic scene when the doctor pulls down the curtain which returns blindness to our protagonist (Charles West).


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