When the Heart Rules

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When the Heart Rules

Director: Frank Beal

Year: 1912

Plot: John Peabody, a blasé old martinet, tiring of commercial life, offers his son George a partnership in the business. George, however, is in love with his study of art, and his model Winnifred. He thanks his father for the generous offer, but explains that he prefers to stick to his painting. The father calls at the studio of his son and in a frenzy, demolishes everything in sight, humiliating the model Winnifred, and mutilating the almost finished picture of Psyche, which George is working on. Some five years later we see George, now happily married to Winnifred and the proud possessor of a promising son, at work in his modest studio and home. We also see old John alone in his mansion, his heart hungering for the boy whom he once called son. Moved by memories of the past the old misanthrope offers from an unknown purchaser, through an art dealer, the sum of $1,000 for his son's "Mutilated Psyche." George receives the offer, and leaves to deliver the picture. Upon his return he finds that his beloved wife has died from heart failure. The years roll on, George and his little son struggle on in the now ill-kept studio, while old John resides in lonely solitude in his costly mansion. One day by accident George is run over in the street by a rich man's carriage and is sent to a hospital wrapped in the rich man's overcoat. Little John discovers a card in the overcoat bearing his name and wishing to know the where and whyfor, he returns the coat himself. Needless to say, little John discovers the rich man to be his grandfather, through the mutilated picture of his mother, which adorns the old man's mantel. The reconciliation is speedy and father and son turn all their efforts toward the future of little John.—Moving Picture World synopsis
Original Title: When the Heart Rules
Director: Frank Beal
Writer: Everett McNeil , William V. Mong
Producer: William Nicholas Selig
Type: movie
Year: 1912
Genres: Drama, Short
Cast: Frank Maish , Phillip Dressler , Helen Dubeck , Harry Deshon , Charles Clary , Edgar G. Wynn , Kathlyn Williams , Frank Weed
Countries: United States
Languages: None , English
Color Info: Black and White
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Sound Mix: Silent
Original Air Date: 12 Apr 1912 (USA)
Production Companies: Selig Polyscope Company
Distributors: General Film Company
Producer: William Nicholas Selig