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The Meeting of the Ways (1912)

Tom and Dick are brothers and are being educated at the same college. Tom is a studious fellow and graduates with honors, while Dick is expelled from college through misbehavior. Dick is ... See full summary »
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Maurice Costello ... Tom - an Honest Attorney
Leo Delaney ... Dick - Tom's Dissolute Brother
Julia Swayne Gordon ... Tom's Wife
Dolores Costello ... One of Tom's Children
Helene Costello ... One of Tom's Children
Harry T. Morey ... The Judge
Charles Eldridge ... The Gambler
Norma Talmadge ... The Maid
George Cooper ... A Thief
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Tom and Dick are brothers and are being educated at the same college. Tom is a studious fellow and graduates with honors, while Dick is expelled from college through misbehavior. Dick is ashamed to go home, but before leaving Tom gives him a locket containing a picture of their mother. Ten years later Tom, who is a successful lawyer, is married and has two little children. Dick, who has now been reduced through personal neglect to a derelict, overhears a plan to rob his brother's house. Making up his mind to prevent it, Dick climbs through the nursery window, catches the burglars, but effects their escape. His two little nieces, who have been watching him, kiss and hug him before he makes his exit. When their parents return from the reception they attended, the children relate to them what had happened. Dick gets into a scrape with a gambler a month or two later, who laughs at the miniature of his mother that Dick puts up in lieu of cash. In the struggle the gambler's pistol is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Family | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Et Gensyn foran Retsskranken See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Brothers
29 September 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Leo Delaney is a burglar. When he breaks into the house of a wealthy lawyer, he realizes it is the home of his brother, Maurice Costello, from whom he has been estranged since their mother's death. He makes friends with his his nieces (played by Costello's daughters, Dolores and Helene) and drives off his partner. When Delaney is arrested for his partner's death...

While there are some fine scenes in this Vitagraph short subject, there is a crying need for sound in this one; Costello defends his brother in court, giving a speech that lasts nearly a minute. This, however, is a silent movie, and there is no way for someone who cannot read lips to tell what he is saying. That lack is very telling and makes this silent movie suffer thereby.


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