The Fight for Right (1913)

John Ward, a young workman, loves Mary Durland, daughter of a rich politician, who installs prison contract labor in the prisons of his city. The other knitting mills in the town cannot ... See full summary »

Director:

Oscar Apfel

Writer:

James Oppenheim (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rosemary Theby ... Mary Durland
Irving Cummings ... John Ward - Mary's Sweetheart
Ralph Lewis ... Durland - Mary's Father
Irene Howley
Oscar Apfel
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John Ward, a young workman, loves Mary Durland, daughter of a rich politician, who installs prison contract labor in the prisons of his city. The other knitting mills in the town cannot compete with cheap prison labor and are forced to close down. John and his brother, Joe, are thrown out of work and with others of the men, go to see Durland, who refuses to listen to them. John and Joe vainly look for work. Their mother is ill and needs nourishing food and medicine, and they have no money. Joe, an impulsive, warm-hearted lad, decides that as Durland took their living away, he shall pay, and he goes to his office intending to rob it of enough to carry his mother through her illness. Durland returns for some papers and the boy is caught. He is sent to prison and works on the knitting machines. He breaks down under the strain, is brutally treated by the guards and is later transferred to the road making gang. Unaccustomed to this he faints continually, but never meets the slightest ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1913 (USA) See more »

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Reliance Film Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The story itself has sufficient dramatic interest to give it appeal
20 October 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A two-reel picture, produced under the auspices of the National Committee of Prison Labor. It is a strong arraignment of the convict labor contract system, the story being arranged by James Oppenheim. Rosemary Theby and Irving Cummings play the leads. Views of a knitting mill are shown and also numerous prison scenes and pictures of convicts working on the state farm in New Jersey. The observer is always conscious that he is being influenced against the contract system, but the story itself has sufficient dramatic interest to give it appeal. We liked particularly the closing scenes in the halls of the legislature, where Mary and John bring in the crippled brother and make their plea before the Assembly Committee. A strong preachment against the contract system. - The Moving Picture World, August 16, 1913


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