Thou Shalt Not Kill (1913)

Incompatibility and dissension between John Mathews and his wife bring about a very unhappy state of affairs in their household. One day, while quarreling, Mrs. Mathews, in anger, threatens... See full summary »

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Hal Reid

Writer:

Hal Reid
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Robert Gaillard ... John Matthews (Harding in UK)
Julia Swayne Gordon ... Mrs. John Matthews (Harding in UK)
Adele DeGarde ... The Matthews (Harding in UK) Child
Edwin R. Phillips ... The Hunter (as Edward R. Phillips)
Logan Paul Logan Paul ... The Governor
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Incompatibility and dissension between John Mathews and his wife bring about a very unhappy state of affairs in their household. One day, while quarreling, Mrs. Mathews, in anger, threatens to kill her brutal husband. Her words are heard by their little child. A few days later, a hunter, in passing the house, sees a squirrel on the fence and shoots it, just as John Mathews is turning the corner of the house. The bullet from the hunter's gun kills him and the man disappears. Mrs. Mathews is convicted of her husband's death on circumstantial evidence and the testimony of her child. She is sentenced to die and during her imprisonment, she is seen by the matron surreptitiously sewing some baby clothes. The matron takes an interest in Mrs. Mathew's case, makes a personal appeal to the governor, that two lives cannot be taken by the state for one. The governor commutes Mrs. Mathew's sentence. The hunter, who accidentally did the killing, conscience-stricken at the thought of an innocent ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1913 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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She does some fine work in picturing a mother
25 June 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Some of the scenes in this picture give Julia Swayne Gordon a better chance than she has had, so far as we have noticed, in a long while and it is needless to say that she does some fine work in picturing a mother and also one who will soon be a mother again, as unjustly accused of killing her husband and condemned to die. We are shown who did the murder, the trial and scenes in the prison. When the woman's condition is discovered, the governor commutes the sentence. Meanwhile, the culprit's conscience has been troubling him and he confesses. Hal Reid is both author and producer. Robert Gaillord, Adele de Garde, E. R. Phillips and Logan Paul have parts and do good work. It makes a very fair picture. - The Moving Picture World, February 1, 1913


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