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The Way of Man (1909)

A woman is scarred in an accident and refuses to stand in the way of her lover's marriage to another.

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D.W. Griffith

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Arthur V. Johnson ... Tom Hearne
Florence Lawrence ... Mabel Jarrett
Mary Pickford ... Winnie - Mabel's Cousin
Flora Finch ... The Mother
James Kirkwood ... The Father
Gladys Egan ... The Child / At Bide-A-Wee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce
Marion Leonard ... Wedding Guest
Violet Mersereau ... Wedding Guest
David Miles ... Wedding Guest
Owen Moore ... Wedding Guest
Anthony O'Sullivan Anthony O'Sullivan ... A Butler
Frank Powell ... Wedding Guest
Herbert Prior ... Wedding Guest
Gertrude Robinson ... Wedding Guest
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Tom Horne deeply loved pretty little Mabel Jarrett, and that his love was returned goes without saying. Tom's ebullient ambition is intensified by his great love for the girl, so he decides to go out west to fight for fame and fortune to be more worthy of her. After some time in the land of promise he succeeds in attaining the end for which he had striven and writes of his intention to return and claim her for his own. Meanwhile, Mabel's cousin Winnie has visited her and is to spend the summer months. At the receipt of Tom's letter, Mabel is in the seventh heaven of delight, when cruel fate plunges her into the depths of despair, for a horrible accident occurs. During the evening, while Mabel is in the act of lighting the lamp, it explodes, frightfully burning her face and head. It is conclusive that the poor girl will be disfigured for life. What a blow it is to her almost on the eve of Tom's return! They all try to cheer her, although fully realizing her sad plight. Winnie in ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1909 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Edgewater, New Jersey, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Way of Man, The (1909)

** (out of 4)

After being disfigred in an accident, a woman refuses to marry her lover and instead tries to fix him up with her best friend. I'm not sure what Griffith was going for here but it doesn't work. There's some nice cinematography and an early but small role by Mary Pickford.

Her First Biscuits (1909)

**** (out of 4)

Hilarious black comedy/slapstick from Griffith. A new wife makes her first batch of biscuits for her husband. While they make him gag, he lies and says they're very good. The wife then sends a bag to his work for his co-workers and soon everyone's rushing towards the bathroom. I guess Griffith could do comedy when he wanted. I found myself with tears in my eyes due to all the laughing. The facial expressions of some of the victims were just downright hilarious and the ending was great as well. Mary Pickford has a small role.


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