A Salutary Lesson (1910)

Mrs. Randall is strongly addicted to the reading of cheap novels, so much so that she has little time for anything in the nature of domestic duties. The care of her ten-year-old girl child ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Credited cast:
Charles West Charles West ... Mr. Randall
Stephanie Longfellow Stephanie Longfellow ... Mrs. Randall
Gladys Egan ... The Randall Child
Jeanie Macpherson ... The Friend
Charles Craig Charles Craig ... The Wife's Visitor
Vivian Prescott ... The Woman on the Beach
Alfred Paget ... The Rescuer
Kate Toncray Kate Toncray ... The Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson
Edward Dillon ... On Beach
Dell Henderson ... On Beach
Marion Leonard
Gertrude Robinson ... On Beach
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... On Beach
Mack Sennett
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Mrs. Randall is strongly addicted to the reading of cheap novels, so much so that she has little time for anything in the nature of domestic duties. The care of her ten-year-old girl child is especially odious. Living in their seashore cottage, the little one begs her mamma to take her to the beach, but mamma petulantly tells the child not to bother her. The father enters at this moment, and more to shame the mother than anything else, takes the child for a stroll on the beach. They have hardly departed when the minister calls, and Mrs. Randall sets about to do her utmost to entertain him. While on the beach, Mr. Randall meets a very fascinating and flirtatious young lady, and in a spirit of daring reciprocates her attention. The poor child is now left to its own devices to amuse itself. So, neglected, she wanders across the strand to a distant quiet bay. This portion of the resort is entirely deserted and the child mounts a rock far inland on which she sits to rest. The journey has ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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One of the strongest sermons that has come out in a long time
8 August 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

What may result from neglect of children, so far as the physical end is concerned, is shown in this picture. The moral results of neglect cannot be depicted at such an early age, yet they are often more serious than the physical. This picture has little or no dramatic strength, but it depicts, with extraordinary fidelity to facts, numerous domestic scenes. Probably everyone can recall instances similar to this and not a few will wish that certain individuals of whom they are reminded could see it. It may, in a way, apply to substantially everyone, since all children sometimes seem to become troublesome and worry their parents. The picture, while not possessing any claims to dramatic power beyond that which is inherent in the subject will, nevertheless, make a profound impression, because it touches upon something which appeals directly to every home. It is one of the strongest sermons upon the neglect of children that has come out in a long time. - The Moving Picture World, August 27, 1910


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USA

Language:

English

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11 August 1910 (USA) See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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