The Lily of the Tenements (1911)

  |  Short, Drama

Here we find a youthful toiler at a sewing machine eking the lives of her poor old mother and father. She receives a mere pittance for her labor, and this barely gives them plain food ... See full summary »


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22 November 2015 | deickemeyer
Made a deep impression upon an audience
A story of what befalls some of the girls unfortunate enough to live in the tenements. Often they are forced, as was almost the case in this instance, to sacrifice themselves to secure the wherewithal to live. The graphic way in which this is represented here made a deep impression upon an audience, even in New York, where the thing is so common that a considerable proportion of the population wink at it as a necessity, and let it pass. The happy ending for the poor girl, following the denunciation of his father by the young man, is dramatic, but, unfortunately, few instances of this sort actually occur. The value of this picture will be in depicting the life history of some of the poor whose meed of trouble is too much sometimes for them to bear. - The Moving Picture World, March 11, 1911

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Short | Drama


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27 February 1911



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