Duty (1914)

Dr. Alexander is devoted to his young wife, but she longs for excitement and the company of young people. He deems it necessary to reprove her because of her noisy friends. A breach is ... See full summary »

Director:

Étienne Arnaud
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Cast

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Alec B. Francis ... Dr. Alexander
Belle Adair ... Isabel, the Doctor's Wife
Robert Frazer ... Jack Welby
Helen Marten
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Dr. Alexander is devoted to his young wife, but she longs for excitement and the company of young people. He deems it necessary to reprove her because of her noisy friends. A breach is opened, which widens day after day. At a tango tea she is attracted by Welby, an artist. A brother physician of Alexander's borrows some serum for a case of croup. Meanwhile the wife draws farther apart from the doctor until she consents to a proposal of elopement by the artist. She writes Welby where to meet her. On the same evening a child, afflicted with croup, is brought to the doctor and he finds his serum exhausted. In order to save the patient's life he decides to apply his mouth to that of the boy and force a passage of air by respiration. He sends for his wife to help him, but she refuses. As she is packing her bag he enters and tells her that his work may cost him his life and she must be present. She obeys. As she sees the brave act of her doctor husband a swift revulsion of feeling comes and... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1914 (USA) See more »

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Eclair American See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Entertaining and agreeable
27 October 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A two-reel number with Belle Adair as the charming young wife of a middle-aged doctor, played by Alec Francis. She falls a victim to the advances of a designing artist, played by Robert Frazer. The doctor's heroic efforts to restore the boy's health made an unusual situation. In this he is successful and later the young wife learns to appreciate his good qualities. The photography is uneven. As a whole the number is entertaining and agreeable in plot, although not at all powerful. - The Moving Picture World, July 11, 1914


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