May Shirwood and Frank Black are in love. But May's sister, Bird, is herself secretly in love with Frank. The lovers know not the secret sorrow of Bird. George A. Thornton, May's employer, ... See full summary »
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Phillips Smalley ... George A. Thornton
Lois Weber ... May Shirwood
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May Shirwood and Frank Black are in love. But May's sister, Bird, is herself secretly in love with Frank. The lovers know not the secret sorrow of Bird. George A. Thornton, May's employer, a broker of wealth and social prestige, observes that May is comely, coy and altogether desirable. One day. Thornton takes her home in his automobile. May's mother sees in Thornton's manner a suggestion of affection for May. She urges May to encourage her employer. The girl, grief-stricken and stunned by her mother's urgings, rebels against her exhortations, until she can no longer tolerate their aggressive and aggrieved note. Out of filial duty, placing her mother's desires above her own, she dismisses Frank and accepts Thornton. Frank looks through the window of May's home and sees her marriage to Thornton. Thornton spends his evenings at clubs and cafés and invariably returns home in a drunken stupor. May, who has jewels, costly dresses and all the other idle items of feminine craving, is doomed ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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USA

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English

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8 February 1912 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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It can take its place with any film d'art that has been produced
20 August 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This is the best picture the Rex Company has ever made. As an example of finished technique, it can take its place with any film d'art that has been produced. It opens with an exterior scene made in the studio that will keep anyone guessing as to whether it was the real outdoor article or the studio product. Following this is one of the best library settings that has ever been made in an American picture, and we may as well include the European. The lighting effects are equal to those which have already made the Rex Company noted for skillful handling of studio illumination. The story is about a young woman engaged to a manly young fellow. She deserts him and gives her hand to a wealthier man in order to satisfy her mother's social ambitions. In the course of time the rejected suitor marries the younger sister of the girl who sold her birthright for a mess of pottage, for it transpires that the latter has made a mistake and married a drunkard and a brute. There is some pretty double exposure work in the picture, particularly in the last scene where the unhappy wife sitting at her midnight vigil dissolves into the interior of a large birdcage. By this trick of photography the moral of the story is told without words in one of the cleverest and strongest ways imaginable. All through the story is marked by a cleverness of handling that is decidedly refreshing. Take it from the Moving Picture World that this picture can be featured to any extent. – The Moving Picture World, February 10, 1912


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