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Two Daughters of Eve (1912)

Calumny is one of the most despicable crimes against our neighbor, and while the wife in this story acted conventionally, she nevertheless maligned the other woman simply because of her ... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writer:

George Hennessy
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Cast

Credited cast:
Henry B. Walthall ... The Father
Claire McDowell ... The Mother
Florence Geneva Florence Geneva ... The Actress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gertrude Bambrick Gertrude Bambrick ... Backstage
Elmer Booth ... Backstage
Kathleen Butler Kathleen Butler ... Backstage
Christy Cabanne ... The Driver (as W. Christy Cabanne)
Harry Carey ... In Audience
Dorothy Gish ... In Theatre Crowd
Lillian Gish ... In Theatre Crowd
Mary Gish Mary Gish ... In Theatre Crowd
D.W. Griffith ... At Stage Door
Robert Harron ... At Stage Door
Harry Hyde Harry Hyde ... In Audience
Marion Kerby Marion Kerby
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Calumny is one of the most despicable crimes against our neighbor, and while the wife in this story acted conventionally, she nevertheless maligned the other woman simply because of her profession, an actress. While out on a shopping tour, the wife and her husband enter a store, leaving their little child in the auto in the care of the chauffeur. This gentleman pays but scant attention to the child, so the little one wanders off and strolls into the stage door of a theater during the matinee. The parents upon their return to the auto discover the child's absence and trace him to the theater stage, where they find him in the arms of one of the show girls. The mother matches the child from the girl's arms, scornfully exclaiming, "How dare you contaminate my child with your touch?" For this remark, together with the derisive laughter it occasions, the girl vows to be avenged. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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backstage | melodrama | theater | See All (3) »

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Biograph has put over another Biograph
11 February 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

There are persons in the picture industry and out of it who bewail the fact that the personnel of the Biograph Company has undergone changes. So it has. Good people have gone to other companies. Likewise, good people have returned, and also good people have made their debut. In this picture it may truly be said that Biograph has put over another Biograph. It is a story with a wallop, to borrow a term from the bowlers. There is a triangle, to be sure, but the third member was drawn into it through motives of revenge, and perhaps measurably justifiable. A little child, left alone for a moment by its parents, gets out of a machine and wanders into the wings of a theater. The mother in her search for the little one, discovers her in the arms of an actress, extremely decollete, by the way, and denounces the stage girl for contaminating her child. The father remonstrates with the mother and apologizes to the actress. The next night the father has a front seat at the show. There are effective scenes showing the theater and the audience, and flashes of the stage and the dance; the father and the actress exchange glances. The friendship is formed, the mother takes the child and goes out for herself; the father meets with financial reverses, the girl throws him over. The mother, as a last resort, seeks employment in the chorus. There she comes face to face with the third corner. The manner of the actress, scornful and sneering at first, changes to pity. She puts out her hands to a sister in distress. The stage girl takes from her neck and arms the jewels the husband had given her and forces them on the wife; she goes to the wretched home of the mother with her. "Now may I kiss the baby?" inquires the actress. Yes, she may. The stage woman does more. She meets the husband, and sends him to his wife. There is a strong scene, ending in reconciliation. The stage girl is new to the company. She is an acquisition. The work of the mother is powerful; she has never been seen to better advantage. Mr. Walthall took the role of the husband; he also was at his best. - The Moving Picture World, October 5, 1912


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