Behind the Times (1911)

A congregation decides its minister is too old, so they hire a new, young minister. But the new minister is too interested in his social obligations to pay attention to his pastoral obligations.


Thomas H. Ince


Cast overview:
Owen Moore ... Reverend Charles Montgomery - the New Minister
Ethel Grandin ... Marjorie
Lucille Young




For many years Rev. David Ellis has been pastor of the congregation of a village church. He has been loved by his flock and has seen it grow from a small number to a flourishing pastorate. The aged preacher has not kept pace with the times and the fact is noted by the members of one of the women's societies. The president, a society woman, has her ideas and decides that the old teacher should be replaced by a younger minister. It is decided to retire the old pastor on a pension and install his successor. Rev. Charles Montgomery arrives and the news is broken to Dominie Ellis at his home. The new minister is young, and a favorite with the women. His first sermon is listened to with interest and at the close he is congratulated. The old pastor is there and he wends his way out with his faithful wife. Reverend Ellis has one stanch friend, a sweet young girl of the village, and her mother becomes ill. The daughter meets the Reverend Mr. Montgomery as he is about to go motoring and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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It is acted intelligently, but never powerfully
3 April 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A picture of clerical life is presented on this film. The hero of this drama is an old minister, who seems to his flock no longer capable of doing the work required. Purposely the producer has hidden everything that would show to what denomination the man belonged. He has a wife, but there's a crucifix behind the pulpit in his church and he makes the sign of the cross in his service. It is shown that young ladies run the church; they often do, but not so boldly as in this picture. It was almost brutal for the whole committee to go to the parsonage to tell the kindly and venerable old man that he was no longer wanted. That wasn't "breaking it" to him. A young minister is called who is hardly worthy to tie the old man's shoestrings. The young ladies soon find this out, and recall the old man. The picture makes a brave attempt to portray life; but, in many ways, it fails of success. It is acted intelligently, but never powerfully, yet it is acceptable. - The Moving Picture World, August 26, 1911

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17 August 1911 (USA) See more »

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