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The Great Discovery (1913)

John Harold is absorbed in scientific research. During a period of idleness he falls in love with and marries Adeline Rupert. Soon after his marriage, his health restored, Harold returns to... See full summary »
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John Harold is absorbed in scientific research. During a period of idleness he falls in love with and marries Adeline Rupert. Soon after his marriage, his health restored, Harold returns to his laboratory, becoming engrossed in his work. He does not cease to love Adeline, but simply forgets her. She, not understanding, is hurt and offended. Even the birth of his child, occurring at a time when his experiments are at a critical stage, scarcely attracts his notice. Harry Rogers, a trusted but false friend, attempts to take advantage of Harold's inattention to make advances to Adeline, which she indignantly repulses. Harold's preoccupation prevents his observing the most obvious familiarities on the part of Rogers, and Adeline attributes his non-interference to indifference. Her outraged pride can no longer brook the situation and she leaves, taking her child, and presently secures poorly paid employment. Harold is the easy victim of fraud and is soon robbed of his fortune by Rogers, a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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27 September 1913 (USA)  »

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Abrupt changes from riches to poverty and back again to riches
24 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is the familiar story of the young man of science whose researches so engross his mind that he neglects his wife. It is well pictured and acted with a degree of charm and sincerity that make the film decidedly interesting. Even the arrival of the scientist's baby does not serve to interrupt his condition of indifference. His wife finally deserts him and three years later he rescues the child at a fire. The abrupt changes from riches to poverty and back again to riches might have been accounted for more fully but the main theme is brought out clearly. The exact nature of his scientific work might have been shown, though this was not entirely essential. - The Moving Picture World, October 11, 1913


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