The Sorrowful Example (1911)

The little family of husband, wife and infant child are just existing, the wife toiling to make ends meet, while the husband is a worthless scamp. The wife manages to set aside a little of ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Wilfred Lucas ... The Husband
Claire McDowell ... The Wife
Baden Powell Baden Powell ... The Child
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Florence La Badie
Alfred Paget
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The little family of husband, wife and infant child are just existing, the wife toiling to make ends meet, while the husband is a worthless scamp. The wife manages to set aside a little of her meager earnings to save for the child's future, which is her sole thought. The husband has tried to get this money, but the wife guards it carefully. He has become infatuated with a little Italian girl, who, not knowing him to be married, accepts his attentions. They plan to elope, and he finally manages to steal his wife's savings, with which he intends to leave for another town. They miss the train, however, and start back to the village to await the next one. On the way back, he finds his wife's blood-stained apron. This is indeed a shock. The wife has missed the money and following in pursuit falls over a cliff onto the rocks below, receiving injuries that prove fatal, she having just strength enough left to crawl back and fall dead at the baby's crib, where the husband finds her. He is also... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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menage a trois | melodrama | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1911 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The audience will wonder what becomes of the child
3 April 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Perhaps such films as this teach important truths, but they are not pleasant and so far as furnishing entertainment is concerned are nil. It is the story of a drunken husband who steals his wife's savings to elope with a girl. They miss the train and on their way back to wait for the next one find the wife's bloody apron and discover that she has fallen over a cliff. Just strength enough is left her to crawl back to the baby's crib where she falls dead beside it. The girl then spurns him and he is left to meditate upon his own worthlessness. The audience will wonder what becomes of the child now the mother is dead. - The Moving Picture World, August 26, 1911


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