Reel Life – April 11, 1914
Stories of New Photoplays
A Two Reel Majestic Drama Replete with Human Interest
April 12, 1914
- The Hunchback. F. Turner
- Tom Carson . William Garwood
- The Girl . Lillian Gish
- The Old Miner. T. Haverly
- The Child . EdnaMae Wilson
The greatest sorrow in the life of the Hunchback is that although he loves his children dearly they all flee at his approach. He manages to earn a scanty living as a traveling tinker, but because of his deformity has no friends. The deepness of his affection for his children is shown when he spends the money he had saved for board to replace a doll which a little girl has broken and is evicted by his landlord.
Traveling to a western mining town he finds friends in a miner and his little daughter. The miner dies and the Hunchback promises to care for the girl.
As she grows to womanhood the Hunchback loves his ward in more than a fatherly way but finds that it is not returned. Instead she loves a young prospector. The Hunchback determines to kill the young man but weakens. Later, when the prospector is in deadly danger there is portrayed a powerful struggle between the Hunchback’s better nature and his jealousy. He can save his youthful rival’s life, but decides to let him die. He recalls the promise he made to the girl’s father to care for her and his better nature conquers. The Hunchback saves the life that means so much to his ward.
“The Hunchback” earns a scanty living as a tinker, traveling from house to house, but on account of his deformity, there is no one who cares for him. Although a great lover of children, they flee at his approach. Taking pity on a little girl whose doll has been broken, he spends all his earnings to replace her plaything, and in consequence, the people with whom he boards, order him out. Tired and despairing, he gets, unobserved, into a freight car, and is carried to a western mining town. There the wanderer finds friends in a miner and his little girl. An accident renders the little girl fatherless, and the hunchback brings the child to womanhood. As the years pass the cripple grows to care for his ward, but when he tells her of his love, he finds that it is not returned. The girl falls in love with a young prospector, and the jealous hunchback seeks to take his life, and then weakens in his resolve. Later the prospector is in deadly danger and the hunchback decides to let him die. But when he recalls a promise he made to the girl’s dying father and of his own desire for happiness, he makes the sacrifice and saves the life that means so much to her.
|Christy Cabanne||…||(as W. Christy Cabanne)|
Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)
Cast (in credits order)
|The Hunchback – 1914|
|The Hunchback||F.A. Turner||…||A Hunchback Peddler (as Frank Turner)|
|The Orphan||Lillian Gish||…||The Orphan – as an Adult|
|The Prospector||William Garwood||…||Tom Carson – a Young Prospector|
|The Father||Tom Haverly||…||The Father|
|The Orphan (child)||Edna Mae Wilson||…||The Orphan – as a Child|