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A sorrowing mother, bereft of her infant, visits a foundling asylum and adopts a baby girl. The young widow lavishes her love and care on the adopted infant and her environment is the ... See full summary
A sorrowing mother, bereft of her infant, visits a foundling asylum and adopts a baby girl. The young widow lavishes her love and care on the adopted infant and her environment is the finest. The story is allegorical in theme. Father Time presents the baby with an hour glass containing '"The Sands of Time." which are all in the upper part of the glass. The story of her subsequent life shows how heredity overbalances environment. The girl grows wayward in spite of all the efforts of her devoted parent. With rare tact and patience the lonely mother again and again unsuccessfully attempts to direct the girl's destinies to a noble womanhood. Finally heredity asserts itself; the child breaks away, and in a distant city lives a life of her own choosing. Here she travels the primrose path till the very end. At stated intervals during her life, Father Time appears to her and shows the hourglass with the sands half run. But she will not heed nor change her life. Now in middle age, beauty and ...

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    • Author: Wilalmaine
    This picture stands securely on its scenes, beautifully lighted and perfectly photographed. Caroline Cooke and Winnifred Greenwood, the widow and her daughter, appear in very pretty gowns and, acting simply and naturally, are all that is charming. It hardly tells a story, and is not dramatic, but shows the growing up of the girl who runs away from a good home to a fast life and ends in sorrow. She is homeless and is rescued by the Salvation Army workers. During its development Father Time appears (a double exposure), as though to show that what is written is written and nothing can efface it. At the end a vision of Christ appears, just before Time turns his glass and begins again. The sub-titles are beneath comment, but the picture is full of merit. Its author is Mrs. O. Bronson, and Lorimer Johnston produced it. Carl Winterhoff, Harry Lonsdale and LaFayette McKee have roles as the man the girl ran away with, the minister and Time. - The Moving Picture World, March 29, 1913
  • Cast overview:
    Carl Winterhoff Carl Winterhoff - The City Slicker
    Winifred Greenwood Winifred Greenwood - The Wayward Daughter
    Harry Lonsdale Harry Lonsdale - The Minister
    Caroline Frances Cooke Caroline Frances Cooke - The Widow (as Caroline Cooke)
    Lafe McKee Lafe McKee - Father Time (as Lafayette McKee)
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