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A Tragic Experiment (1912)

Hager, an old chemist, has been for years experimenting upon a certain combination of chemicals that he expects to make his fortune with. His elder daughter Jane disbelieves in any such ... See full summary »
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Jane - the Older Sister
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Gertrude - the Younger Sister
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Findlay - Jane's Beau (unconfirmed)
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Hager, an old chemist, has been for years experimenting upon a certain combination of chemicals that he expects to make his fortune with. His elder daughter Jane disbelieves in any such consummation, but Gertrude, the younger daughter, is enthusiastic that her father will succeed. Gertrude is brought home one afternoon by a rich young promoter, Findlay, after she had sprained her ankle. Jane takes an instant dislike to Findlay, but Gertrude quickly loses her heart to him. He learns of Hager's experiment and becomes greatly interested, much to Jane's dislike. Hager promises to allow Findlay to finance the experiment, and succeeding before he expected, he has Jane phone to him to come to the laboratory at once. Findlay comes and the papers are drawn up. He takes a phial of the precious fluid with him and the other phial is placed in the safe. He is in such a hurry when he departs that Jane's further suspicions are aroused as her father will not tell her what happened between them. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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27 March 1912 (USA)  »

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These Reliance melodramas of late are very commendable
18 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

A thoroughly delightful picture with many of its scenes as natural as life. Miss Fernleigh plays in it an emotional role very strongly. She takes the part of an older sister who distrusts her younger sister's accepted beau. Miss Gertrude Robinson plays this younger sister as delightfully as usual and is especially so at one moment when she drums on the piano to tease her sister. The father of these girls is a chemist and the young man has become interested in a valuable new discovery of the old man's and is helping him sell it. While alone in the laboratory (a good set) the old chemist faints and is thought to be dead. The older sister accuses the young man of murder; but the younger sister proves him innocent. The chemist recovers. It is very prettily photographed and is a sure feature. These Reliance melodramas of late are very commendable. They are very artistic and yet are also very popular. - The Moving Picture World, April 6, 1912


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