Her Life and His (1917)

Mary Murdock, forced by circumstances to choose between the streets and theft, is caught breaking into the home of Robert Howard. He is inclined to listen to her plea for leniency, but, ... See full summary »


Frederick Sullivan


Philip Lonergan (screenplay), Philip Lonergan (story)




Cast overview:
Florence La Badie ... Mary Murdock
Holmes Herbert ... Ralph Howard (as H.E. Herbert)
Ethyle Cooke Ethyle Cooke ... Mrs. Nan Travers
Harris Gordon Harris Gordon ... Undetermined Role
Samuel N. Niblack Samuel N. Niblack ... Emmett Conger (as Samuel Niblack)
Arthur Bauer Arthur Bauer ... Undetermined Role
Jean La Motte Jean La Motte ... Undetermined Role (as Gene LaMotte)
Justus D. Barnes ... Political Boss
Joseph Phillips Joseph Phillips ... Undetermined Role (as Joe Phillips)


Mary Murdock, forced by circumstances to choose between the streets and theft, is caught breaking into the home of Robert Howard. He is inclined to listen to her plea for leniency, but, urged by his cruel and selfish wife, lets the law take its course. After serving her term she is unable to secure employment, due to her prison record, and seeks the two who are responsible for her plight. She finds Howard despondent over his wife's running away with another man and about to commit suicide. To the man who wanted to die the girl who wanted to live makes a proposition, to use his fortune to better prison conditions and lending those with a prison record a helping hand. She offers her own knowledge as her half of the partnership. He accepts and the plan proves so successful that Howard is appointed warden of a large prison. But matters sail along too smoothly and cleanly to suit the corrupt political ring and they start a blackmailing scheme against Howard. Mary's intuition senses a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

18 February 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemies of Society See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One scene filmed in Times Square shows Florence la Badie crying in front of the famous bulletin board. In the film, the bulletin board announces the arrest of her lover. In reality, the bulletin board was giving the score of the World Series game between Brooklyn and Boston. See more »

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The propaganda order of screen dramas
6 February 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Philip Lonergan is the author of "Her Life and His," a five-reel photoplay produced by the Thanhouser company. The picture belongs to the propaganda order of screen dramas, the subject being prison reform. Every class of fiction that attempts to make a special plea for the betterment of any of the social evils is bound to sacrifice something of the steady development of its story; also, its intimate human side. "Her Life and His" is no exception to the rule. It starts off in a promising manner and much which follows is the logical outcome of the resolve of Mary Murdock, the heroine, to live down a prison record and to help those who are the victims of a vicious political system. The interest around her private life is sufficiently strong to maintain its position as the main thread of the plot; but perfect drama cannot be achieved if the mind of the spectator be diverted at frequent intervals by object lessons and short preachments, however much they advance the moral purpose of the play. It is the opinion of the writer that people go to the theater because they want drama, and the nearer a screen play comes to supplying this demand the better it will fulfill its mission. Narrative fiction and works that betray their didactic nature sacrifice a portion of the emotional appeal that is so great a factor in the drama's power to sway and to captivate an audience. Frederic Sullivan has directed the production of "Her Life and His" with excellent judgment, and Florence La Badie brings real feeling and a well-schooled method to her acting of the part of Mary Murdock. Ethyle Clarke is an admirable contrast to Miss La Badie, as the revengeful Mrs. Nan Travers, and H. E. Herbert, Sam Niblack and Justus D. Barnes play the leading male roles with skill. – The Moving Picture World, February 17, 1917

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