The Tree and the Chaff (1913)

George Warner, the ne'er-do-well son of a God-fearing deacon, is, in this instance, the symbol of chance-blown chaff. He has been religiously raised and his inclination is toward good ... See full summary »

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Lem B. Parker
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Cast

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Kathlyn Williams ... Grace Cole - the Tree
Barney Furey Barney Furey ... George Warner - the Chaff
Al W. Filson Al W. Filson ... Deacon Warner - George's Father
Alfred E. Green ... Reverend Hanson
Camille Astor Camille Astor ... Mary Benton
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George Warner, the ne'er-do-well son of a God-fearing deacon, is, in this instance, the symbol of chance-blown chaff. He has been religiously raised and his inclination is toward good things, but, being weak, he follows the line of least resistance and drifts down to the low, degraded levels of life. In contrast to this pitiful wreckage is the fine, faithful, resourceful girl, Grace Cole, whom he loves and who loves him, only to find disappointment in him at the end. But at last the love of the pure woman is triumphant, and in her arms his weak and vacillating soul finds strength. She, in the symbolic tree of strength and purity, lifts him high above the low currents of earth that drives the chaff as worthless stuff, rejected by the gleaners who bring the harvest home. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1913 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Selig Polyscope Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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May be of use to Sunday schools
6 October 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

As an illustration of the text about the righteous that groweth like a tree and the unrighteous that, like chaff, the wind bloweth away, this picture may be of use to Sunday schools and the like. The first nine tenths part of it is very carefully thought out and effective. It is so well prepared and played that the old story becomes quite fresh and newly interesting, so that we enjoyed watching it. But that "home coming" to the old barroom is most unconvincing and weak and, after what had gone before, so is the method of conversion. We think that, if the opening of the picture had been the father's reading the text to his son, it would have been even stronger. Kathlyn Williams plays the girl; Barney Furey the man, and Al. W. Filson his father. The photography is clear in most of the scenes. - The Moving Picture World, July 26, 1913


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