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The Family Tyrant (1912)

Joshua Barstow, a natural born tyrant, domineers over his wife and daughter Emily. Old Frick, the village skinflint, forces his attentions upon Emily but proves helpless in an emergency and... See full summary »

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... Young Clary
... Emily Barstow
... Joshua Barstow - Emily's Father
... Marie Barstow - Emily's Mother
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Joshua Barstow, a natural born tyrant, domineers over his wife and daughter Emily. Old Frick, the village skinflint, forces his attentions upon Emily but proves helpless in an emergency and young Clary, her sweetheart, comes to the rescue. Barstow has a dispute with Clary over a boundary line, and, becoming embittered against the young man, orders him from the house when he calls to ask for Emily's hand. Barstow's furious temper gets the best of him. He grabs a chair and hurls it at Clary, but through an accident it strikes his wife. Believing he has killed her he rushes from the house and wanders all night through the woods, a victim of remorse. Clary induces Emily and her mother to take refuge in his home. Barstow, half-crazed, wanders on to Clary's property the next day. There he is seen by the wife, who, womanlike, forgives him and the family is once more united, the tyrant having been completely regenerated. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Family | Short

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29 July 1912 (USA)  »

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Old melodramas can be effectively rewritten as dramas
7 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

When all the good ideas have been used up in the pictures, it will probably be discovered that old melodramas can be effectively rewritten as dramas. We have seen a good many situations (the one in this picture not excepted), that were written up to be sensational, but that might also be, as this now is, rewritten to be dramatic. There is very little in it of the formal melodrama. The center of interest, as now presented, lies in the wife of the family tyrant, not as formerly, in his daughter's love story. The love story is present, but it is of secondary interest. A simply constructed story, its characters are country (Western) people of some means, and its object is to show the tyrant's contrition for his violence and his wife's forgiveness. There is good acting, especially in the character of the wife. The picture, well staged and clearly photographed, can safely be commended. - The Moving Picture World, August 10, 1912


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