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The Power of Light (1914)

Short | Short, Drama

Cliff Jackson, the eighteen-year-old son of a mountaineer, is possessed of a strong determination to conquer his father, who operates an illicit still, as then through the strong arm of the law, his father interprets the boy's innate ...See moreCliff Jackson, the eighteen-year-old son of a mountaineer, is possessed of a strong determination to conquer his father, who operates an illicit still, as then through the strong arm of the law, his father interprets the boy's innate disgust for liquor and injustice as personal animosity and defiance of his authority, the son leaves the home. In the city, he forms the acquaintance of a family, which although poor, takes him in and gives him his first taste of learning, which although crude, awakens in him a stronger desire for knowledge. A kindly pastor interests himself in the studious young fellow and he is sent to school and college to become a minister. The daughter in the poor family and the minister's daughter become rivals, but the thought of his people's needs leads him to select the girl whom he believes can love his people. After his ordination he marries Jennie Bentley, the girl who taught him elementary arithmetic and grammar, and she returns with him to his home. The government officers are on the trail of the moonshiners and are making an attack when Cliff rides up the mountain road, and a stray bullet hits him. He is taken to his home and the officers, at his request, leave him to handle the situation by teaching love and kindness rather than by the arbitrary display of arms and authority. Cliff's ambition is soon realized and he is privileged to demolish the still in the presence of those who, for long years offered defiance to the law and power of the light that has been brought to them by the ambitious son of their leader. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Jan 5, 1914 (United States)

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Sydney Ayres
Cliff Jackson Cliff Jackson   See fewer
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Vivian Rich
Jennie Bentley Jennie Bentley   See fewer
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Charlotte Burton
Maud Stockton Maud Stockton   See fewer
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Harry von Meter
Dr. Stockton Dr. Stockton   See fewer
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Jack Richardson
Tom Jackson - Cliff's Father Tom Jackson - Cliff's Father   See fewer
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Caroline Frances Cooke
Mother Jackson (as Caroline Cooke) Mother Jackson (as Caroline Cooke)   See fewer
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Violet Knights
Caroline Thomas (as Violet Neitz) Caroline Thomas (as Violet Neitz)   See fewer
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Jacques Jaccard
Jimmie Bentley Jimmie Bentley   See fewer
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Mrs. Coxen
Mother Bentley Mother Bentley   See fewer
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Chick Morrison
Actor (as Charles Morrison) Actor (as Charles Morrison)   See fewer
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