Mr. Hepburn's home is a house divided against itself. On the one side he and his son, David, the only child by his first wife; on the other, his present wife and their son, Phil. David ... See full summary »
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Fanny Midgley Fanny Midgley ... The Step-Mother
Ray Gallagher ... The Younger Son
Richard Stanton ... The Older Son
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Mr. Hepburn's home is a house divided against itself. On the one side he and his son, David, the only child by his first wife; on the other, his present wife and their son, Phil. David receives all the harsh treatment of a step-child, in spite of which, he is the better young man of the two. He courts and wins the consent of the pretty Doris to become his wife. Mr. Hepburn dies and David opens the letter his father had given him several days before: "My son David; Your mother, my first wife, and myself were divorced. Before she died she left you in my care, her estate which she had acquired in a way not approved by society. The will is in my desk. Your Father." David rushes to the desk, takes the will, and to protect his dead mother's honor, burns it, in doing which he is seen by his stepmother who accuses him of trying to defraud his step-brother. Rather than reveal the truth, he surrenders his rights and when confronted by his sweetheart even lets her think him dishonest. David ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1913 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Paula, California, USA

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G. Méliès See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Natural and convincing and it makes a very fair offering
21 August 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This picture's situation (off the beaten track and meaty as it is) arrests the attention. The older step-brother is caught by his father's wife and her son burning a will that left him sole heir but that made plain to the world a very unpleasant truth about his mother. The picture should have started with this scene, for nothing that went before was significant beside it, the picture's one big theme. The development from this scene is natural and convincing and it makes a very fair offering. The photography is full of quality, and the acting, though very fine at moments, is not smooth and falls down at the climax, where clear-cut emotional playing would have been of much service. - The Moving Picture World, April 5, 1913


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