Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This 974-foot Biograph subject was designated by the studio as a "Contemporary Melodrama." The main character, a young husband named Henry, is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Henry's loving wife suggests that he go on a hunting trip to forget his troubles and catch some fresh air. Meanwhile, the wife's cousin Alice has a spat with her sweetheart Jack. As wifey tries to patch things up between the couple, Henry returns from hunting earlier than expected. Assuming that his missus has been making love to Jack in his absence, Henry beats Jack with a whip -- and when he realizes his mistake, he goes completely insane. It is up to Alice and Jack, who feel responsible for the whole mess, to restore Henry's sanity. Such D.W.Griffith regulars as Marion Leonard, Owen Moore and Mary Pickford are prominently featured in Restoration, which was partially filmed on location in Little Falls, New Jersey.