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The Rocky Road (1910)

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The evils of drink cause a man to separate from his family. In time he becomes sober and prosperous. Then he meets and falls in love with a young woman, and they become engaged. Unbeknownst to him this young woman is his own daughter.





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Credited cast:
... Ben
Stephanie Longfellow ... Ben's Wife
... The Farmer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce ... The Maid
Charles Craig ... A Farmhand / At Church
... At Church
Frank Evans ... In Bar
... The Daughter, as a Child
... The Best Man
... Outside Bar
W. Chrystie Miller ... The Minister


Ben is a young family man with a wife and three year old daughter. But Ben is overly fond of drink. When his wife cannot take his drinking any longer he leaves for good. The wife becomes deranged and wanders the roads with her little girl until, finally, she even becomes separated from the child. The girl is adopted by a well-to-do farmer and his wife, who raise her as their own. One day when the girl has grown into a lovely young woman, she meets a prosperous and handsome older man through a strange twist of fate. They fall in love and are engaged to be married. On the very day of the wedding the poor mother wanders to the farmer's house. She sees a picture of her daughter as a three year old and recognizes her. Learning that the girl is to be married that day, the mother rushes to the church. When she arrives there she and the groom recognize one another, and immediately they both realize that Ben has nearly married his own daughter. But the shock is too much for the mother, and she... Written by Geezer Noir

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Short | Drama





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3 January 1910 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A print of this film is held by the UCLA Film and Television Archives and a paper print is held by the Library of Congress. See more »

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Strange Film
26 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Rocky Road, The (1910)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Really bizarre film from D.W. Griffith about a poor mother who takes her daughter for a walk because of her husband's refusal to get a job. The mother places her daughter down and walks away for a few minutes and in the meantime the girl is discovered by a rich family. Thinking the girl has been abandoned, the rich family takes her home to raise but years later the mother realizes who had taken the girl. Here's another political statement from Griffith about the rich and poor but the film never really takes off. There's an incredibly bizarre ending that comes out of nowhere and ends abruptly, although it makes for some nice suspense.

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