A Soul Reclaimed (1912)

Mary Turner, a poor, drink-sodden woman of the tenements, but beautiful of face and form, meets Don Parker, a noted artist, who is walking the streets seeking an inspiration. Don instantly ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dwight Mead ... Don Parker - the Artist
Beverly Bayne ... Mary Turner
Harry Cashman ... Mr. Knighton - Art Patron
Joseph Allen Sr. Joseph Allen Sr. ... Priest (as Joseph Allen)
Charles Hitchcock Charles Hitchcock
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dolores Cassinelli
Helen Dunbar ... Woman with Baby
Whitney Raymond
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Mary Turner, a poor, drink-sodden woman of the tenements, but beautiful of face and form, meets Don Parker, a noted artist, who is walking the streets seeking an inspiration. Don instantly introduces himself and begs her to pose for him. At first Mary refuses, but he insists and she finally consents. In his luxurious studio. Don poses Mary in the robes of the Madonna, and is about to start on the canvas when a poor woman enters with a baby and asks for charity. A happy thought strikes Don, he places the babe in Mary's arms and starts to work out his masterpiece of the Madonna and child. Some months later the picture is finished and Mary leaves. A number of art critics are called in and pronounce Don's canvas a masterpiece. Mr. Knighton, a financier, is so impressed with the work that he purchases and presents it to the cathedral of Saint Hillaire. Many weeks later Don is walking to his studio when he again meets Mary on the street. She is ragged and tries to pass him unobserved, but ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1912 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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All the scenes are restrained and commendable
19 November 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This is another drink picture; but it is not a tract. Its heroine is a very pretty woman who is much addicted, but never seen drunk; there is no vulgarity in it. An artist paints her picture as a Madonna and it is hung in a church. One day, passing the church, he meets her and takes her in to see it. She becomes a nun. Any clear statement of this situation could hardly help being effective. Some of these scenes (the slattern, garret room and the bringing of the infant to the studio) are very well done indeed. All the scenes are restrained and commendable. The man who painted the picture was no artist. The producer would better have let the camera man make paintings for him. The Essanay Company has a good camera man. - The Moving Picture World, June 1, 1912


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