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Feast and Famine (1914)

Short | Short, Drama

Thomas Benton, a kindly old soul, would shelter his "young fledglings" from the hard knocks of this cold, cruel world, and so keeps at home his daughter Ida, whose eyes, he decides, are not strong enough for the usual occupations open to ...See moreThomas Benton, a kindly old soul, would shelter his "young fledglings" from the hard knocks of this cold, cruel world, and so keeps at home his daughter Ida, whose eyes, he decides, are not strong enough for the usual occupations open to young womanhood, and sends his son Jerry to college to study surgery in preparation for an "easy career." In spite of the aged bookkeeper's assiduous industry, however, the young man's allowance is exhausted ere he can complete the course, and he returns home. The father's employer, dying, bequeaths a small fortune to his faithful old clerk. The son begs to be allowed to resume his studies. The father hesitates. Then parental love lights his old eyes end he remarks fondly, "No, my son, you need no profession now. I shall give Ida the money for a new gown and she shall enter society." Not a very momentous decision, eh? But when later we find the girl having squandered the inheritance and ruined her eyesight at all-night social functions, doomed to blindness unless the wherewithal for an expensive operation can be secured, and the boy striving to apply his scant and unfinished knowledge to this awful crisis in a desperate attempt to save his sister's eyesight, we find that that decision has assumed more heroic proportions. "Oh, for a little more knowledge," cries the boy. "God turn back the Universe and give me a chance to reconsider that 'unimportant' decision," quoth the parent. He gets his chance. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Jul 8, 1914 (United States)

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William Garwood
Jerry Benton - the Son Jerry Benton - the Son   See fewer
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Vivian Rich
Ida Benton - the Daughter Ida Benton - the Daughter   See fewer
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Harry von Meter
Thomas Benton - the Father (as Harry Van Meter) Thomas Benton - the Father (as Harry Van Meter)   See fewer
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B. Reeves Eason
Rogers - the Lawyer (as Reaves Eason) Rogers - the Lawyer (as Reaves Eason)   See fewer
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Louise Lester
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