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The Tear That Burned (1914)

Meg was one of the "painted women," who had got to the point where she did not care. Anita, her room-mate, on her death-bed told the cadet who managed them both about her old blind mother ... See full summary »

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John B. O'Brien (as Jack O'Brien)

Writer:

Anthony Paul Kelly (story)
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Cast overview:
Lillian Gish ... Anita - the Truant
Blanche Sweet ... Meg - the Wild Girl
Josephine Crowell ... The Blind Mother
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... The Father (as John Dillon)
William Lowery ... Chinatown Madden (as W.A. Lowery)
Mae Gaston Mae Gaston ... The Mother's Maid
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Meg was one of the "painted women," who had got to the point where she did not care. Anita, her room-mate, on her death-bed told the cadet who managed them both about her old blind mother in another state who recently had come into a small fortune, and how she had kept hoping to go back home, but now it was too late. After the burial, the cadet told Meg that he had money in sight. She was to go with him and impersonate Anita. When she had won the confidence of the blind old woman, they would make a rich haul, and then go and live straight together. Anita's mother welcomed her long-lost daughter, as she supposed Meg to be, and everything that she had to give she showered upon this hardened woman of the underworld. Every night she would go to her bedside and her tears of joy burned into Meg's calloused heart. Delay on the girl's part angered the cadet. When Meg confessed to him that she could not bring herself to defraud the love-hungry old woman who called her "daughter," he threatened... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1914 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Exceptional charm
13 April 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A two-reel number of exceptional charm, though it deals with the seamy side of life. Lillian Gish plays a girl from the country who runs away from her drunken father and reaches the city. A Chinatown loafer makes a thief of her. In the second reel she impersonates a girl who died, In order to steal the jewels from a blind mother. In spite of these incidents the ending is a happy one and very effective. This is unusually well photographed and is handled in such a way that its appeal is much above the average. - The Moving Picture World, November 14, 1914


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