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A Child's Remorse (1912)

Through her ill temper the mother makes home life very unpleasant. She is always contrary and stubborn when her husband suggests anything that doesn't exactly coincide with her views. As ... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


George Hennessy


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Credited cast:
Gladys Egan ... The Child
Edwin August ... The Child's Father
Claire McDowell ... The Child's Mother
George Hennessy George Hennessy ... The Child's Brother
Charles Hill Mailes ... The Child's Father's Friend
Kate Toncray Kate Toncray ... The Nursemaid
Kate Bruce ... The Governess
Robert Harron ... First Boatman
Christy Cabanne ... Second Boatman (as W. Christy Cabanne)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edith Haldeman ... Among Children
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... At Tea
Alfred Paget ... On Deck
Jack Pickford ... Among Children


Through her ill temper the mother makes home life very unpleasant. She is always contrary and stubborn when her husband suggests anything that doesn't exactly coincide with her views. As you may imagine, these little tiffs are not very healthful for their children, a girl and a boy, the little girl especially being influenced by the condition. During a little outing with other children, the girl shows her ill temper and a quarrel ensues between her and another little girl, which results in the ostracism of the ill-tempered child from the festivities. A leaky motor boat has been drawn up to the dock by a couple of vacationists, and, in the course of their play, a party of the children go out in it. The quarrelsome child knows of the danger, but in spite won't warn them. Far out to sea the children go, and would have perished had not the girl's conscience awakened, causing her to spread the news of their danger. The children are rescued after a terrifying experience. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







Release Date:

8 August 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Børnenes Brøde See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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It is all very vividly pictured
15 January 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A picture that, in its settings and in the way it is conducted, strongly reminds one of a former Biograph release, "The Ruling Passion." It also is a picture of children, played by children, and its climax is a rescue of a crew of youngsters who are in an open boat that is sinking far out from the beach. The thrill comes from the speed of the fast motor boats that the old folks send out to save them. The soul of this story, though, is very different from the other. It gets its individuality from one of its characters, a little girl, daughter of a petulant mother. This youngster knew that the boat wasn't seaworthy. She was in a peevish mood and in an ugly frame of mind especially toward one of her playmates who was with the crowd. We could hear her lips shouting at them, "Drown; go and drown." But soon her better nature asserted itself and she got aid as quickly as possible. It is all very vividly pictured and, by the exclamations around us, we knew that it was getting across to the audience with power. - The Moving Picture World, August 24, 1912

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