The Witness to the Will (1914)

When Major Thorndyke's illness became acute, and he felt that the end was not far off, he acted on a thought he had long held in his mind. Leaving a small income to Belden, the son whose ... See full summary »

Director:

George Lessey (as George A. Lessey)

Writer:

Gordon V. May (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ben F. Wilson ... Lt. Edward Preble, U.S.N. (as James F. Wilson)
Gertrude McCoy ... Marjorie Thorndyke
William West ... Major Thorndyke
Harry Beaumont ... Major Beldon Thorndyke
Richard Neill ... Clarence
Jessie Stevens Jessie Stevens ... Clarence's Mother
Dan Mason
Rex Ingram ... (as Rex Hitchcock)
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When Major Thorndyke's illness became acute, and he felt that the end was not far off, he acted on a thought he had long held in his mind. Leaving a small income to Belden, the son whose wild ways had saddened and embittered the old man's declining years, he provided, in his will, that the bulk of his property should fall to Marjorie, his grandniece. Shortly afterward the Major died. The search which was made for the will it was known he had drawn up was unsuccessful and the entire estate fell to Belden as the lawful heir. Shortly after his father's death, Belden asked Marjorie to marry him, but the girl refused. There was only one man in the world she loved, and that man, Lieutenant Edward Preble, U.S.N., had lately been ordered to sea. Rather than remain longer at Thorndyke Manor as a helpless dependent, she determined to seek her own living in the city. But earning her own living was not easy for the untrained girl. The end of a few months found her ill and starving in a dingy ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1914 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Edison Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An old theme delightfully handled
2 April 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

One of the good old-time will stories, presented from start to finish in a thoroughly workmanlike manner. The scenario was written by Gordon V. May. And in the cast appear Richard Neill, Harry Beaumont, Gertrude McCoy, Jessie Stevens and Benj. F. Wilson. George A. Lessey acted as director. The story is allowed to tell itself smoothly and naturally and from the standpoint of general construction it is a model. An old theme delightfully handled. - The Moving Picture World, January 24, 1914


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