Tommy's Atonement

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Tommy's Atonement
Release flier for TOMMY'S ATONEMENT, 1913.jpg
Release flier, 1913
Produced by Hardee Kirkland
Written byJ. Edward Hungerford
Starring Harry J. Lonsdale
Adrienne Kroell
Carl Winterhoff
Distributed by Selig Polyscope Company
Release date
  • April 10, 1913 (1913-04-10)(U.S.)
Running time
1 reel
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent
English intertitles

Tommy's Atonement is a 1913 American silent film drama produced by Hardee Kirkland. The film stars Harry J. Lonsdale, Adrienne Kroell and Carl Winterhoff. The film status is uncertain but a release flier survives which is now at the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, it was part of the Charles G. Clarke collection. The short movie was released on April 10, 1913, the reel was around 600 feet (nearly 200 meters) long and was in the same reel with The Tombs of the Ming Emperors which was set in the Ming Dynasty.

Silent film Film with no synchronized recorded dialogue

A silent film is a film with no synchronized recorded sound. In silent films for entertainment, the plot may be conveyed by the use of title cards, written indications of the plot and key dialogue lines. The idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as film itself, but because of the technical challenges involved, the introduction of synchronized dialogue became practical only in the late 1920s with the perfection of the Audion amplifier tube and the advent of the Vitaphone system.

Hardee Kirkland American actor

Hardee Kirkland was an American film actor and director of the silent era and also appeared on stage. Kirkland was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of former Confederate Brigadier General William Whedbee Kirkland, and the older brother of the actress Elizabeth Kirkland, who performed as Odette Tyler, he appeared in 41 films between 1915 and 1925. He also directed 33 films between 1912 and 1914. He died in California at the age of 60.

Harry Lonsdale (actor)

Harry J. Lonsdale was a British born actor know for his silent film roles. He played leading parts. He also performed on stage and married stage actress Alice Lonnon and then divorced.

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Plot

Tommy Hale in the exuberance of unrestrained youth makes "rough-house" is his own home with such vigor that he smashes a valuable vase. In thus entertaining himself he is frequently admonished by the dear old charwoman. Mrs. Graves, be careful. When she returns to the room after a moment's absence, she finds that the frightened Tommy has vanished and the beautiful vase a mass of wreckage of the hearthstone. Mrs. Hale happens in at this moment and without giving credence to the story of the old lady, discharges her on the spot. She goes to her poor tenement and finds her feeble husband who earns him a precarious living as a wandering musician. Threatened with eviction, he starts out and try to get money to pay the rent overdue. He is run down by the sled of the reckless Tommy and his violin is shattered. The aged and injured musician is carried into the Grave's home. Tommy now thoroughly repentant empties his savings bank, buys a new violin and tells his mother how he broke the vase. His father and mother are now so awakened, the forlorn situation of the aged couple they give them a home for life.

Cast

Adrienne Kroell American actress

Adrienne Kroell, was an American actress. She appeared in over 75 to 90 films between 1909 and 1914.

Carl Winterhoff was an American actor. He appeared in 18 films between 1909 and 1913.

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