Cast & Crew
Master Frank Longacre
Robert Denman, the likable superintendent of a construction firm, gradually becomes an alcoholic, to the consternation of his employer, his wife Anna, his sister Martha and his friend, Henry Morse. On New Year's Eve, after Robert's boss strongly warns him to stop drinking, he continues and later sees a beautiful woman smile at him on Broadway. At home, after Anna and Martha reproach him, Robert dozes while he watches his son Bobbie sleep. Later he rings in the New Year with the smiling woman. She becomes his mistress, until he is caught robbing his employer to satisfy her whims and is discharged. Bobbie later finds Robert drunk and pulls at his sleeve in the street, but Robert shoves him and the boy is struck by an auto. Bobbie becomes crippled and Anna divorces Robert and marries Henry. Robert, now a derelict, dies in the gutter. After seeing other alcoholics in Hades, he tries to join Bobbie passing above, but finds himself about to be consumed with fire. Robert then awakens in Bobbie's room. He thanks Heaven for his warning and embraces Anna and Bobbie.
The copyright entry for this film lists Julius Steger as the author. The name of author Harry Bonnell was crossed off the synopsis of the film in the copyright descriptions. The Aywon Film Corp. released this film to state rights exchanges under the title The Eternal Penalty in April 1919 in a re-edited version, without indicating that the film was released earlier. Under its new title the film was listed in the State of Pennsylvania's disapproved subjects for 1920. No reviews have been located for the 1919 version. The Eternal Penalty was Aywon's first release.