In Life's Cycle (1910)

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This Biograph "temperance melodrama" was filmed at the company's Bronx Studios, with location work completed in Cuddebackville, New York and Fort Lee, New Jersey. Charles West and Stephanie Longfellow head the cast in this story of a poor farm girl who hopes to escape her shabby environs by running off with a city slicker. Alas, the heroine's new beau turns out to be an alcoholic, and a violent one at that. Fatally injured in a barroom brawl, he gasps out his regret and begs the girl to forgive him. Grief-stricken, she returns home, where she in turn is forgiven by her father and brother. D.W. Griffith manages to transcend the melodramatic excesses of the story with his usual directorial expertise.