Let No Man Put Asunder (1912)

Drink is fastening its arms around Frank Downing; he has broken promise after promise made to his wife to reform and she in despair appeals to a friend, who endeavors to persuade her to ... See full summary »

Director:

Otis Turner

Writer:

L.G. Coover (story)
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Cast

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King Baggot ... John Stevens - The Good Man
William Robert Daly ... Frank Downing - The Reformed Worker (as William R. Daly)
Violet Horner ... Edna, Frank's Wife
Joe Moore ... Tommy Downing, their Son (as Joseph Moore)
Edith Haldeman ... Doris Stevens - John's Daughter (as Edith Halderman)
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Drink is fastening its arms around Frank Downing; he has broken promise after promise made to his wife to reform and she in despair appeals to a friend, who endeavors to persuade her to leave and accept a position as teacher in the village school in a distant part of the state. One night Downing comes home helpless, having spent his week's wages on drink, and there is no food in the house for Edna and the boy, Tommy. This decides the question and Edna and the little boy leave the degraded man to go forth into the world and earn their living. Upon arriving in the village where her school is located, Edna meets and inquires her way of John Stevens. He is a widower and is devoted to his little daughter, Doris, to whom he is both father and mother. Through this chance meeting a friendship is established between Edna and John, which grows stronger and stronger as time passes, until John discovers that he loves her very dearly, and asks her to be his wife. Edna then admits her love and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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divorce | marriage | alcoholism | See All (3) »

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1912 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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No love story with divorce playing so prominent a part could be at all romantic
27 November 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A story of married life in which the husband and father is a drunken sot. The wife leaves him and gets a divorce. In the meantime, the man who has fallen in love with her meets and helps her former husband to reform, but doesn't know who he is. She finds him a decent man when she comes back, and, because of the child, they are re-united in spite of everything. It isn't a very emotional picture; no love story with divorce playing so prominent a part could be at all romantic. It is romance that gives power to stories of love. Divorce stories might be powerful as psychological studies and, as such, this is very interesting, although it is so written that the interest lies almost wholly in the plot. The acting and the players are very praiseworthy; the scenes are very good, and they are well photographed. - The Moving Picture World, June 22, 1912


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