As It Is in Life (1910)

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A widower (George O. Nicholls) must raise his young daughter by himself. He gets a job at a pigeon farm. He falls in love with another woman (Marion Leonard), but decides not to marry her because he cannot support a family of three. Years later, his daughter (Mary Pickford) who was away at school returns home. She falls in love with a young man, but her father feels jealous of her new boyfriend. She runs away, gets married, and later has a baby. Her husband is busy working all of the time, so she visits her father and introduces him to his grandbaby. This simple little film does not show any of director D.W. Griffith's famous technique. The film feels rushed because over 10 years of screen-time flash by in only ten minutes. However, this is typical of films of the era, when most movies were one reel (approximately ten minutes) long.

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baby, boyfriend, daughter, family, father, jealousy, love, marriage, widow/widower