Drunkard's Child (film #8 on The Origins of Cinema, Volume 5: Griffith and Lubin (Video Yesteryear, 1997)). [Category: Early Film & TV]

This has all the melodramatic elements you need to tug at the heartstrings: a crippled boy, a dying mother, a drunken cad of a father, honesty rewarded, an unpaid mortgage, a happy ending. Of course, that makes it campy fun today. A 1909 Lubin film.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.

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