Motherhood


1917

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 26, 1917
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Frank Powell Producing Corp.
Distribution Company
Mutual Film Corp.; Mutual Star Productions
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
5 reels

Synopsis

As an American husband and wife begin reading aloud the tale of two European families caught in the war, their words are visualized on the screen. Albert, called to war, is forced to leave his wife Louise alone, while another husband in an enemy village, who is a captain and the father of two children, also leaves to serve his country. Brutalized by the horrors of battle, the captain turns to drink and in his drunken state gradually loses all traces of humanity. Eventually he arrives at Albert's house and, finding Louise alone, rapes her. The war finally ends and Albert returns home, gladdened at the birth of a son. Upon learning that Louise refuses to touch the infant, Albert demands an explanation and Louise relates the story of her humiliation. Furious, Albert seeks to kill the child, but Louise's maternal instincts finally assert themselves and she saves its life. Closing the book, the American family rejoices that America is at peace.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 26, 1917
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Frank Powell Producing Corp.
Distribution Company
Mutual Film Corp.; Mutual Star Productions
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
5 reels

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Trivia

Notes

Actual scenes of the fighting on the Western front were edited into this film. Actress Agnes Eyre was also known as Agnes Ayres. Frederic Arnold Kummer's story May have originally been produced as a play.