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"A Drunkard's Reformation" (1909) is a short drama directed by D.W. Griffith, featuring Arthur V. Johnson, Florence Lawrence, and cinematographer Billy Bitzer, stars of Silent Hall of Fame. Robert Harron has a small role as a theater usher.
The Father (Arthur Johnson) regularly stops for drinks with friends and comes home late intoxicated and irritable. One evening he is asked by his daughter to take her to the theater. The play is an eye-opener for him. It shows a husband drinking heavily, then being deaf to his wife's pleas to stop, and finally pushing her rudely aside. The Father decides to give up alcohol and begs forgiveness from his wife.
Directed by D.W. Griffith
Cinematography by Billy Bitzer
Starring Arthur V. Johnson, Florence Lawrence
Distributed by Biograph Company
Release date April 1, 1909
Country United States
Running time 9 m.
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