Mental Suicide (1913)

Neilan, an architect, young and ambitious, having graduated with honors, procures a position as assistant in the city architect's office. Although hearts are willing, his love affair with ... See full summary »

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Allan Dwan

Writer:

Wallace Reid
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Wallace Reid ... Reid - a Contractor
Pauline Bush ... Pauline - an Invalid
Jessalyn Van Trump ... Toodles - the Invalid's sister
Marshall Neilan ... Neilan - an Architect
David Kirkland ... Kirkland - a contractor
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Neilan, an architect, young and ambitious, having graduated with honors, procures a position as assistant in the city architect's office. Although hearts are willing, his love affair with Toddles seems hopeless owing to Toddles' sense of duty as a sister to Pauline, an invalid. Neilan calls upon Toddles and presses her for a definite answer to his proposal. Toddles refuses, telling him she cannot marry while her sister lives. Pauline suffers a relapse, due to her mental agitation, and the doctor advises Toddles that the only hope of prolonging Pauline's life is the South American climate. Toddles, in despair, appeals to her lawyer, and he informs her that their inheritance is nearly exhausted. When Neilan calls she tells him of their difficulties and he generously offers all the money he possesses, but to her dismay, she finds that the funds will not be sufficient to cover the expenses of such a trip. Neilan returns to the office, too despondent to work. When his clerk brings in two ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1913 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Leaves a rather distasteful feeling
6 October 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This is not a very pleasant type of story, and the photography is not the best in places, but it contains one very strong, well-acted situation, where the young contractor is caught in the act of accepting a bribe. The girl dies because there was no money with which to give her a change of climate, and this, of course, leaves a rather distasteful feeling with the observer. As a portrayal of conditions as they sometimes exist, it has considerable merit. - The Moving Picture World, July 26, 1913


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