Even Unto Death (1914)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 33 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Although Dot Farley was better known as a comedienne, this three-reeler -- which she both wrote and starred in -- was a tragic drama. Farley plays Dorthea Gordon, who comes to a fishing village with her ill-tempered brother, Walter. She rows out to a rock to sketch the seals, but her boat drifts away and the rising tide sweeps her into the water. Her predicament is seen by Jack Livingston, the fisherman son of the village minister (Jack Conway), and he rescues her. The pair begin seeing one another, but Walter thoroughly disapproves. When a gossip implies that Livingston's attentions are less than honorable, Walter confronts him and is killed in the ensuing struggle. Although the death is accidental, Livingston is held for murder. His brother helps him to escape, and he hides on an island while his overturned boat suggests that he is dead. The grief-stricken Dorthea becomes seriously ill. As she lay near death, Livingston's brother goes to fetch him. He arrives just in time for Dorthea to die in his arms. Sadly he picks up her body and walks out into the ocean to drown. Jack Conway, who was already a fledgling director, would eventually give up acting completely in favor of the megaphone.