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The Lost Sermon (1914)

Short | Short, Drama

John Strong, a young clergyman, in charge of a city church, fails in health. He is ordered by his physician to resign and live in the country for a year. He accepts the position of schoolmaster in a country school. Among his pupils is ...See moreJohn Strong, a young clergyman, in charge of a city church, fails in health. He is ordered by his physician to resign and live in the country for a year. He accepts the position of schoolmaster in a country school. Among his pupils is Rosamond Day, a girl of seventeen, living with her grandmother. Their palatial home is heavily mortgaged. The man who holds a lien on the property, George Phillips, desires to marry Rosamond. He is an avaricious creature. A romantic feeling is awakened between Rosamond and John Strong. John, believing her to be wealthy, does not ask her to marry him on account of his situation in life, and at the end of the term the two sorrowfully part, compelled by circumstances to go their separate ways, each passing, save for memory, completely out of the other's life. Phillips now resorts to a desperate measure to make Rosamond his wife. Mrs. Day is unable to meet the interest on the loan. Phillips tells her in her despair that he will cancel all her debts if she will give him Rosamond. Otherwise he will foreclose at once, and the two will be left penniless. For Rosamond's sake Mrs. Day wavers. The girl is sent for. She faces the terrible ordeal with proud and valiant spirit. But for her grandmother's sake she nerves herself to make the sacrifice. Just before she places her hand in Phillip's she goes to her grandmother's side and bends down to kiss her on the brow. Awed and terrified, she draws back, for death has settled the question for her. At once Phillips forecloses the mortgage and Rosamond goes out into the world alone to fight the battle of life. Knowing nothing of John Strong, she goes to the same city in which he is living. John has been called to a large city church, where he works mainly among the poorer classes. One day he receives a letter from his uncle, a distinguished clergyman in another city, inviting him to fill his pulpit on the following Sunday. John is overjoyed and goes to work with great enthusiasm upon his sermon. Just at this juncture Rosamond's situation becomes complicated. She has obtained employment as a stenographer for a wealthy old gentleman and in the course of her work she finds her employer to be a friend of Phillips whom she fears to meet so she resigns. In vain she seeks another position. Despair takes hold of her and her faith in Providence falters. John finishes the sermon that is to make him famous. He is about to leave when word comes to him of trouble among his parishioners. The sermon is put in a leather case in his pocket. He loses it in the excitement that follows. In the meantime Phillips comes to the city, learns from his friend, the circumstances of his stenographer quitting, looks her up and as he supposed he would, finds Rosamond. After an altercation the girl flees and in fright she rushes through the streets until, almost exhausted, she stops to rest at a new building when she finds the minister's leather case lying in the dust near the curbing. She picks it up. Some of the children playing nearby sees her find something and watch her take it with her. In the street where the sermon was lost John Strong comes upon the children who saw Rosamond pick up the leather case. John is directed to Rosamond's boarding house. The two meet, the dream of years is realized and each sees how, through a mysterious working, disappointment and distress have only lead to a better thing. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Updated May 25, 1914

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May 25, 1914 (United States)

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William Garwood
Rev. John Strong Rev. John Strong   See fewer
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Vivian Rich
Rosamond Day Rosamond Day   See fewer
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Jack Richardson
George Phillips George Phillips   See fewer
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Louise Lester
Mrs. Day - Rosamond's Grandmother Mrs. Day - Rosamond's Grandmother   See fewer
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Harry De Vere
Old Nelse Old Nelse   See fewer
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B. Reeves Eason
Dr. Graham (as Reaves Eason) Dr. Graham (as Reaves Eason)   See fewer
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Harry von Meter
The Negro The Negro   See fewer
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