The young bride of a college president inadvertently becomes an opium addict.


Lois Weber


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Cast overview:
Phillips Smalley ... Phillip - the Husband
Lois Weber ... Lois - the Wife


Phillip, the newly elected president of a college, is a man of great strength of character and purpose, and discovers in Lois his ideal of womanhood. Returning from his honeymoon he commences to keep a diary, making entries day by day. One entry reads: "I have married the most wonderful woman in the world," and he says through his school he will send out into the world the most wonderful set of men that a college has ever produced. His love for his wife increases every day, and he writes how, when a Chinese servant is sick, his devoted wife visits the Chinese quarter and nurses the sick man. He does not know that owing to that visit his wife has smelled opium, and, out of curiosity, smokes some. She finally becomes hopelessly addicted to the drug. Knowing that she cannot give it up and truly loving her husband, she decides to leave him. Placing her hat and coat on the banks of the river he is led to believe that she has committed suicide. He is broken-hearted at the supposed death of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







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24 April 1913 (USA) See more »

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A distinctly interesting picture
30 August 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Here is a gripping story and original enough to insure it a place of its own, setting it out from the commonplace releases as a distinctly interesting picture. It is the tragic significance of its situation that is so effective in it; but the setting is suggestively natural and the acting, especially of the two leaders, is clear cut and powerful in bringing out its meaning and its emotional result. It is a story of the Pacific coast. The dragon's breath is opium, a need for which the young bride (Lois Weber) of a college president, Phillips Smalley) unconsciously contracts while caring for a sick servant, a. Chinaman, It is a commendable offering. - The Moving Picture World, April 26, 1913

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