The Voice of the Child (1911)

A businessman neglects his wife, who is tricked into believing he is having an affair. She packs to leave him, but is distracted by their little girl, and can't bear to go.


D.W. Griffith


George Hennessy


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Credited cast:
Edwin August ... The Husband
Blanche Sweet ... The Wife
Adele DeGarde ... The Child
Joseph Graybill ... The False Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce ... Undetermined Role


The young businessman becomes so engrossed with the building up of his new business, that he, to a degree, neglects his wife and little child. Of course, like all enthusiastic businessmen, he does not realize that his wife tires of the everlasting harangue of business. It is "business, business, always business." Hence it is small wonder that the wife listens to the poisonous flattery of the husband's college mate, whom he introduces to her. This false friend tries to strengthen his sinister purpose by arousing the suspicion of the wife against her husband by placing a photograph of his stenographer in his coat pocket, which is found later by the wife. This is apparently most convincing, and the wife consents to go away with this wretch. The maid overhears their plans and informs the husband, who would wreak vengeance, but the child's cry of "Mamma, Mamma" averts a tragedy of a soul and body. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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


Drama | Short







Release Date:

28 December 1911 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.37 : 1
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The picture's worst fault is that it seems hurried
17 July 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A picture in which a child's call to her mother, who was on the point of eloping with her husband's false friend, averted a tragedy. The picture's worst fault is that it seems hurried. Because of this it even loses something of the dignity it might have had. Apparently it was the fault of neither the camera nor the projector. Perhaps it came from a desire to keep it from dragging as it would have if played at a slower pace, being overburdened with scenes some of which were not necessary. This hurry also seemed to hinder the acting. One of the most pleasing players, personally, of the Biograph Company took the leading role as the wife. Her work has often shown a very commendable excellence. But in this picture, and even at some of the critical points, she seemed to lose grasp of the situation and failed to get depth in her interpretation by smiling. One commendably acted part is that of the maid. The child is very pleasing, although one feels that the producer was a fault in permitting her to give a melodramatic touch to the scene where she sees the "friend" putting the photograph of the husband's stenographer in the pocket of the coat the wife and mother is about to mend. This provoked a laugh and was, indeed, very amusing, but it didn't belong in this particular picture. - The Moving Picture World, January 13, 1912

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