The Mother and the Law
B&W : Short film
Directed by D.W. Griffith
Cast: Mae Marsh [the dear little one], Robert Harron [the boy], Miriam Cooper [the friendless one], Vera Lewis [Miss Mary Jenkins], Sam de Grasse [Arthur Jenkins], Clyde Hopkins [Jenkins’ secretary], Fred Turner [the girl’s father], Walter Long [the musketeer of the slums], Tom Wilson [the kindly policeman], Ralph Lewis [the governor], Edward Dillon [the chief detective], A.W. McClure [the priest], Lloyd Ingraham [the judge], William Brown [the warden], Max Davidson [the kindly neighbor], Alberta Lee [the wife], Frank Brownlee [the girl’s brother], Barney Bernard [the boy’s attorney], Luray Huntley [a self-proclaimed uplifter], Eleanor Washington [a self-proclaimed uplifter], Lucille Brown [a self-proclaimed uplifter], Mary Alden [a self-proclaimed uplifter], Pearl Elmore [a self-proclaimed uplifter], Mrs. Arthur Mackley [a self-proclaimed uplifter], Margaret Marsh [a guest at the ball], Tod Browning [the owner of the racing car], Kate Bruce [the city mother]
Wark Producing Corporation production. / Produced by D.W. Griffith. Scenario by D.W. Griffith, from a screen story by D.W. Griffith. Cinematography by G.W. Bitzer. Musical accompaniment composed and adapted by Louis Gottschalk. Presented by D.W. Griffith. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was originally shot in October 1914, this short film was later edited into the ‘modern’ episode of Intolerance (1916). The film was slightly reshot by Griffith, reedited into seven reels, and rereleased by Wark Producing Corporation in August 1919.
Survival status: Print exists in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm positive (1919 release version)].
Current rights holder: Public domain.
Listing updated: 24 September 2013.
References: Barry-Griffith pp. 23, 29, 44, 50, 51, 60; Bohn-Light pp. 56, 57, 59; Brownlow-Parade pp. 50-51; Card-Seductive pp. 31, 32, 45; Cooper-Dark pp. 93-95; Everson-American pp. 90-91, 96, 97, 229, 369; Fell-History p. 69; Lahue-Triangle p. 69; Limbacher-Feature p. 165; Parish-Gangster pp. 210, 211; Smith-Epic p. 116.
Home video: DVD.