The Battle of the Weak (1914)

Paula Thurston attracts the attention of Wallace Griscom, head of the store in which she is employed. Griscom, a favored suitor for the hand of the aristocratic Selene Mason, considers ... See full summary »

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Theodore Marston
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lillian Burns ... Helene Mason
Ethel Jackson Ethel Jackson ... Paula Thurston
Olive Walker Olive Walker ... Agnes - Paula's Roommate
Harry T. Morey ... Wallace Griscom, Paula's Boss
Earle Williams ... Harry Mason, Helene's Brother
Julia Swayne Gordon ... Mrs. Mason - Helene's Mother
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Paula Thurston attracts the attention of Wallace Griscom, head of the store in which she is employed. Griscom, a favored suitor for the hand of the aristocratic Selene Mason, considers himself a model young man. Becoming infatuated with Paula, he promotes her to a clerk in his office, and she, with no thought of harm, considers herself fortunate. Agnes, her roommate, being told the news, has forebodings, but says nothing. Griscom finally suggests that they live in liason. Horror-stricken at the realization of his evil nature, she repulses him, and the following day is discharged. Unable to find work, Agnes pays her room rent, and Paula, rather than be a burden to the girl, leaves their apartment. She is struck by an automobile owned by Harry, the brother of Helene, who is now engaged to Griscom, and carried to the Mason home. Despite his mother, Harry insists that the girl stay with them until recovered. He falls in love with her, proposes and is accepted. Helene, Griscom and Mrs. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1914 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Weak and incongruous
21 July 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This picture play in some respects is a superior one and in others it is weak and incongruous. The director in one scene is imbued with a great conception, having a team and double sleigh run "splack" over the unconscious heroine (the horses passing on either side of her) and the vehicle is stopped in a position to cover her. Three or four men are required, seemingly, to pull her from under the sleigh. The team could have been driven up a couple of picas, easily, and cleared her form, obviating the dragging act and made it easier for the girl. Such "overlookings" are not overlooked by spectators. It is interesting nevertheless. - The Moving Picture World, April 25, 1914


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