The Midnight Message (1913)

When Thomas Douglas, an elderly widower, marries Sybil he does not take into account that the difference in their ages would prevent the interests of the two from being in common. Douglas' ... See full summary »

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Kenean Buel
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Tom Moore ... Harold Douglas
Alice Joyce ... Sybil Douglas - Harold's Step-Mother
Henry Hallam ... Thomas Douglas - Harold's Father
Harry F. Millarde ... Phillip Barclay
James Cooper James Cooper ... The Banker

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When Thomas Douglas, an elderly widower, marries Sybil he does not take into account that the difference in their ages would prevent the interests of the two from being in common. Douglas' son, Harold, does not see his stepmother until after the marriage, and then the fact they are of the same age soon makes them fast friends. Douglas, at first pleased because of the friendship of the two, gradually allows himself to suspect them of being in love with each other, a suspicion fanned by a cynical friend who magnifies harmless incidents. The father decides to verify his suspicions and announces that he must leave the city. Upon his father's departure, Harold makes his home at the club. That night as Sybil is removing her jewels she notices the butler watching her with avaricious eyes. Leaving the room for a moment she returns to find the butler turned thief. He knocks her down and ties her, but she manages to crawl to the 'phone on her table and tells Harold of her predicament. He ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Alice Joyce's prettiness is also of much use in this picture
25 November 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A picture story notable for the dramatic quality of its action, which is full of suspense, except at the climax, where three persons, an elderly father, his very pretty second wife and his son by a former wife, are standing together, and a thieving butler has accused the son falsely to the jealous father. This is full of dramatic possibilities and in a play- dialogue would have lengthened the suspense and made it effective; but in the picture there are no attempts, so it seems, to explain anything, and the result makes the characters seem stupid and, for a moment, ineffective. The situation is, in the beginning, delightfully introduced and pretty carefully developed. There are clearly-drawn characters, natural acting in distinguished scenes with perfect photography. Alice Joyce's prettiness is also of much use in this picture. Henry Hallem plays the father; Alice Joyce, his second wife; Tom Moore, his son, and James Cooper, his butler. Everyone of these is good, especially the last as a character. - The Moving Picture World, October 11, 1913


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1913 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cliffside Park, New Jersey, USA

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Kalem Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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