Silent Era Information*Progressive Silent Film List*Lost Films*People*Theaters
Taylorology*Articles*Home Video*Books*Store*Search
Silent Era Home Page  >  PSFL  >  The Mother and the Law (1915)
Progressive Silent Film List
A growing source of silent era film information.
This listing is from The Progressive Silent Film List by Carl Bennett.
Copyright © 1999-2018 by Carl Bennett and the Silent Era Company.
All Rights Reserved.

About This Listing
Report Omissions or Errors in This Listing


The Mother and the Law
(1915) American
B&W : Short film
Directed by D.W. Griffith

Cast: Mae Marsh [the dear little one], Robert Harron [the boy], Miriam Cooper [the friendless one], Vera Lewis [Miss Mary Jenkins], Sam de Grasse [Arthur Jenkins], Clyde Hopkins [Jenkins’ secretary], Fred Turner [the girl’s father], Walter Long [the musketeer of the slums], Tom Wilson [the kindly policeman], Ralph Lewis [the governor], Edward Dillon [the chief detective], A.W. McClure [the priest], Lloyd Ingraham [the judge], William Brown [the warden], Max Davidson [the kindly neighbor], Alberta Lee [the wife], Frank Brownlee [the girl’s brother], Barney Bernard [the boy’s attorney], Luray Huntley [a self-proclaimed uplifter], Eleanor Washington [a self-proclaimed uplifter], Lucille Brown [a self-proclaimed uplifter], Mary Alden [a self-proclaimed uplifter], Pearl Elmore [a self-proclaimed uplifter], Mrs. Arthur Mackley [a self-proclaimed uplifter], Margaret Marsh [a guest at the ball], Tod Browning [the owner of the racing car], Kate Bruce [the city mother]

Wark Producing Corporation production. / Produced by D.W. Griffith. Scenario by D.W. Griffith, from a screen story by D.W. Griffith. Cinematography by G.W. Bitzer. Musical accompaniment composed and adapted by Louis Gottschalk. Presented by D.W. Griffith. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was originally shot in October 1914, this short film was later edited into the ‘modern’ episode of Intolerance (1916). The film was slightly reshot by Griffith, reedited into seven reels, and rereleased by Wark Producing Corporation in August 1919.


Survival status: Print exists in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm positive (1919 release version)].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Listing updated: 24 September 2013.

References: Barry-Griffith pp. 23, 29, 44, 50, 51, 60; Bohn-Light pp. 56, 57, 59; Brownlow-Parade pp. 50-51; Card-Seductive pp. 31, 32, 45; Cooper-Dark pp. 93-95; Everson-American pp. 90-91, 96, 97, 229, 369; Fell-History p. 69; Lahue-Triangle p. 69; Limbacher-Feature p. 165; Parish-Gangster pp. 210, 211; Smith-Epic p. 116.

Home video: DVD.

Silent Era Home Page  >  PSFL  >  The Mother and the Law (1915)
True Heart Susie on DVD



Intolerance on Blu-ray Disc

Silent Era Ads
Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology (1902-1943). Films by Blaché, Weber, Dulac and more!
from Amazon

Birth of a Nation on Blu-ray

Way Down East on Blu-ray