The Coward and the Man (1914)

The only excuse that can be pleaded for Joe Brown is that he was hungry and desperate on account of the apparent impossibility of finding honest work. When he asked Preston Senall for a job... See full summary »

Director:

Ashley Miller

Writer:

Ashley Miller (story)
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Cast

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Charles Ogle
John Sturgeon John Sturgeon
Joseph W. Girard
Denis Ward Denis Ward ... (as Capt. Denis Ward)
Robert Brower
Miriam Nesbitt
Edwin Clarke
William Bechtel
Edna Hammel ... (as Edna Hamel)
Walter Crosby Walter Crosby
Nellie Grant
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The only excuse that can be pleaded for Joe Brown is that he was hungry and desperate on account of the apparent impossibility of finding honest work. When he asked Preston Senall for a job, and Senall not only refused, but added an gratuitous insult by telling Joe that he was a worthless loafer, Joe was certainly wrong in losing his temper. Whether his offense merited the severe prison sentence given him when he was arrested on Senall's complaint is another matter. The fact that Joe saved the life of one of the wardens during an outbreak in the prison had a great deal to do with his early release. In the tenement in which he roomed after his release, Joe met Mrs. Burrowes, who supported herself and daughter by sewing. Joe was able to be of some service to her on one or two occasions, and an intimacy sprang up between them. One day Joe learned that Preston Senall had been the cause of Mrs. Burrowes' poverty. When Joe found Preston Senall's young son, Harry, who had strayed away from ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1914 (USA) See more »

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Edison Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Weak in art except in the acting
18 August 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Melodrama, made commercially and to suit the demand of the time, it is an acceptable offering though weak in art except in the acting. The players give a good many interesting touches to their parts. This makes it almost succeed in its intention, which was a melodramatic contrast of characters. Ashley Miller, both writer and producer, could have built a more convincing plot if he had taken time to. Charles Ogle, Miriam Nesbitt, John Sturgeon and the others do much to make it a popular offering. - The Moving Picture World, May 30, 1914


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