Watch: The Mothering Heart (1913)

Posted by Brandy Dean June 21, 2012 1 Comment 2768 views

D.W. Griffith’s The Mothering Heart was released on June 21, 1913. You can never ever go wrong with the incomparable Lillian Gish.

A pregnant wife (Lillian Gish) is deserted by her husband (Walter Miller) and must give birth alone. After the baby is born, it dies. Meanwhile, the woman who the husband has an affair with (Viola Barry), abandons him for another man. So the husband goes to look for the wife and finds her when the child is dying. After the death of her child, the wife wanders into the garden and picks off the blossoms off of a rose bush in anger. She comes back to her husband and realizes she loves him again.


  • Walter Miller – The Young Husband
  • Lillian Gish – The Young Wife
  • Kate Bruce – Young Wife’s Mother
  • Viola Barry – The ‘Idle Woman’ / Outside Club (as Peggy Pearce)
  • Charles West – The ‘New Light’ / Among Waiters
  • Adolph Lestina – The Doctor / Club Patron
  • Jennie Lee – The Wash Customer
  • Charles Murray – Male Apache Dancer
  • Gertrude Bambrick – Female Apache Dancer
  • William J. Butler – Club Patron
  • Christy Cabanne – Outside Club
  • Donald Crisp – Undetermined Role (unconfirmed)
  • Josephine Crowell – Woman Collecting Ironing
  • Edward Dillon – Club Patron
  • John T. Dillon – Club Patron
  • William Elmer – Doorman
  • Dell Henderson – Club Patron
  • Harry Hyde – Outside Club
  • J. Jiquel Lanoe – Outside Club / Club Patron
  • Charles Hill Mailes – Club Patron
  • Mae Marsh – Undetermined Role (unconfirmed)
  • Joseph McDermott – Among Waiters
  • Alfred Paget – Club Patron
  • Gus Pixley – Club Patron
  • W. C. Robinson – Club Patron
  • Henry B. Walthall – Club Patron

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