He loved her. When the child came, she forgot the tender tie that bound her to the man and thought only of the little innocent atom and the forgotten duty she owed it. Timidly she asked him... See full summary »

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Lois Weber (scenario)
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Lois Weber ... The Singer
Phillips Smalley ... The Lawyer's Son
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He loved her. When the child came, she forgot the tender tie that bound her to the man and thought only of the little innocent atom and the forgotten duty she owed it. Timidly she asked him to right the wrong. He listened to the whispered pleading, but his masculinity could not understand, so he refused. Then it was that the woman forgot she was a human mother; her soul wandered back to primeval ages, her heart was conquered and controlled by primeval forces, and her nature became animal. The animal mother kills to protect her young, and so the mother killed the man who denied his child parentage. The judge appointed a lawyer to defend her, and the battle for a human soul was fought. In ringing terms the prosecutor demanded her life as forfeit for the life she had taken, and the jury listened to the logic of the law. The attorney for the defense spoke of the little life that had created the sin, and the jury listened to a plea of humanity and maternity, and heard the silent voice of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

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English

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29 February 1912 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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An artistic moving picture whose purpose is to entertain and not instruct
30 September 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

An emotional, heart interest melodrama of New York City and of life as it is known along the great white way. It is not a very realistic picture of life, however, not a human document, but an artistic moving picture whose purpose is to entertain and not instruct. Mr. Phillips Smalley plays in it a great lawyer's son who fell in love with a pretty singer and married her under an assumed name. The singer, the picture's center of interest, is played by Lois Weber with a good measure of power. The young man spent too freely, stole and went the downward path to his death. The young mother of his child was accused of murdering him. She is saved in the court (the picture's great scene) by the man's father as her counsel. It is a strong, good picture with very interesting sets, well photographed and makes a good feature. - The Moving Picture World, March 9, 1912


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