Morning Press, Volume 45, Number 96, 24 December 1916
‘The Childrens Pay’ Tomorrow at Mission
Lillian Gish in ‘ The Children’ Pay,” new Triangle-Fine Arts play beginning at the Mission Monday, adds another portrait to her rapidly increasing gallery of screen heroines. She appears as Millicent Ainsley. the eldest of two girls whose parents have neglected them grievously in order to pursue their own selfish careers, which finally culminate in in a divorce. The children grow up in a small town, apart from both father and mother, under the lax hand of Susan, an indulgent old servant. They are isolated from companions of their own age. and cruel taunts are firing at them by the neighbors.
Millicent, who is a decided tomboy and something of an inventive genius, has to fight their battles until Horace Craig, a young law student, takes an interest in the affairs of the girls. Then events take place that threaten for a time to force the girls to look forward to a future of unhappy relationship with their divorced parents. In court, however, things suddenly take an unexpected but highly satisfying turn, and the problems that have given the children so many heartaches are all at once swept away. There is much unaffected originality in the plot of the story, and the underlying idea is one that will interest every one who has ever been a child, or who has had children.
Lillian Gish is said to do very convincing work in the rather difficult role of girl who is both spoiled and saddened by the tragedy of her youth. Violet Wilkie makes her Triangle debut as the younger girl, and others in a cast of well known Fine Arts players are Ralph as the father, Loyola O’Connor as the mother, Carl Stockdale as the, judge and Alma Aeubens as the stepmother. Tonight will lie the last showing of “The Criminal” with William Desmond and Clara Williams. Don’t miss it.
Morning Press – 24 December 1916 – Santa Barbara California