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There lived in a country an idiot who was very devout, attending church regularly, and singing on all occasions when joy possessed him the old hymn, "Halleluiah." He was not of great ... See full summary
There lived in a country an idiot who was very devout, attending church regularly, and singing on all occasions when joy possessed him the old hymn, "Halleluiah." He was not of great assistance on the farm. His father would have preferred a strong healthy lad who could have eased his shoulders of the burdens of his declining years. Likewise his mother would have welcomed a daughter who could have saved her bent back and rheumatic joints from the grind of housework. Therefore, they cuff and elbow the idiotic son about which mistreatments he accepts silently and as a matter of course. He feeds the pigs, goes to the post offices, loves the woods and is kind to dumb animals. One day the house catches fire and his mother, choked by smoke, falls in the burning building. The neighbors try ineffectually to extinguish the flames and are forced back by the heat. The father, a coward at heart, hearing his wife's cries, implores the watchers to rescue her, but none respond. The frantic old man ...

Some contemporary sources credit 'George Morgan (I)' with the title role, but 'Robert Harron (I)' has been confirmed. Morgan's participation in the film is unconfirmed.

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    • Author: Zehaffy
    A good piece of character work is accomplished by Robert Harron in this offering. He appears as an idiot boy who saves his mother from a burning house and later goes for his pet bird only to meet with a fatal end. The story is well worked out and has a pathetic close of genuine appeal. - The Moving Picture World, August 15, 1914
  • Cast overview:
    Robert Harron Robert Harron - The Idiot
    F.A. Turner F.A. Turner - The Idiot's Father (as Fred A. Turner)
    Josephine Crowell Josephine Crowell - The Idiot's Mother
    Donald Crisp Donald Crisp - Undetermined Role (unconfirmed)
    George Morgan George Morgan - Undetermined Role (unconfirmed)
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