Her Mother's Oath (1913)

The orthodox mother's indomitable will dwarfed the child's individuality, defeating the very purpose it would attain. The girl ran away with an actor and the fearful prayer, "If I ever ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jennie Lee ... The Mother
Dorothy Gish ... The Daughter
Henry B. Walthall ... The Actor
Charles Hill Mailes ... The Minister / Medicine Show Patron
Robert Harron ... The Messenger / Medicine Show Patron / In Church
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... The Justice of the Peace / In Church
Joseph McDermott Joseph McDermott ... The Delivery Man
Kathleen Butler Kathleen Butler ... The Nursemaid / In Church
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The orthodox mother's indomitable will dwarfed the child's individuality, defeating the very purpose it would attain. The girl ran away with an actor and the fearful prayer, "If I ever speak to that man again, may God strike my mother blind," was fulfilled, but in the end the woman was saved from herself. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1913 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, 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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All deserve praise
22 September 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A motherly, almost grandmotherly, woman carries the honors of this splendid picture. Her role is that of a mother who rules with an iron hand, who is arbitrary, self-willed. Her characterization is impressive, rugged; at times it. gets into your throat. Henry Walthall plays the strolling actor, Dorothy Gish the girl in love with him. Charles Mailes is the clergyman whose services are interrupted and who halts them to denounce and put out the man who dared to pass a note to a member of his congregation. All deserve praise. The scenes where the blind mother, her money gone, rolls up her sleeves and goes out and nearly falls into the uncovered well; later, when she again goes to the well, this time determined to end it all, but is saved by the returned couple, are full of pathos, A film to be featured. - The Moving Picture World, July 12, 1913


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