The Right to Happiness

The Right to Happiness


CHILDREN OF ONE FATHER
Grand social living panorama America’s most talented and famous actress in the dual leading role of the twin sisters Dorothy and Vivian: Miss Dorothy Phillips. Russia, in 1898, the land of darkness and oppression. The Jewish quarter. André Hardcastle’s residence, situated on the edge of the Jewish quarter. André Hardcastle, joint owner of the New York firm Forrester and Hardcastle. Shortly after Hardcastle’s arrival in Russia his wife died, leaving him with twins… …the one, Dorothy… …and the other, Vivian. Their nursemaid, Leah, was like a second mother for the twins. “I have to go on a short business trip.
Take good care of my children while I’m gone.” That night a storm was unleashed. And once again the scourge of intolerance and oppression came down on the Jewish quarter. “Your fate is mine…! Me, I’m Jewish, too…but these poor little ones must be spared!” The harsh rays of the morning sun exposed the smoldering ashes of what Hardcastle only the other day had called his “home”. Nineteen years later, in 1917. The world war had broken out… revolution was brewing in Russia. A popular assembly on the first of May. It was in this environment that little Dorothy had grown up. And because of her fiery character she was bound to take an interest in everything that was being discussed.
Dorothy Phillips. “Comrades, this day is ours! The day of the people!” Young Paul, whose mother had saved little Dorothy and raised her, had grew up with her and felt a great love for her. He didn’t like untamed violence; on the contrary, he was drawn to Tolstoy’s doctrine of universal peace and love. Hardcastle, assuming his daughter had died, had returned to America hardhearted and become a fabulously rich yet unrelenting force in a sound business world. Henry Forrester, Hardcastle’s business partner, was a champion of sound, progressive business politics combined with fair, democratic ideals. Hardcastle’s daughter Vivian had grown up and had everything her sister lacked. Dorothy Phillips. CHILDREN OF ONE FATHER. Part two. George Winthrop, a rich do-nothing. “I’ll only listen to you if you serve our cause.” “If our workers’ wages remain at their current level, we can make a five-million profit off the war this year. It would be enormous.” “But we’ll have to give them a raise. Just think how tremendously expensive all the necessaries have become.” “Nevertheless, they can live just as well if they economize a little.” “How much?” “Five thousand dollar for the Red Cross.” “Will you also be going to the front, George?” “Oh no, I couldn’t bear the thought. I can’t leave Vivian alone, can I?” The war was over. Dorothy wanted to see the world, great America, acquaint herself with its conditions and try to realize her ideals. In front of the Passport Agency in the Russian capital. “Please, leave me alone, I quite know what I want.” “Even if you go to the end of the world, I’ll follow you and watch over you, always.” “Although the workers’ wages have been raised, their living and other costs have also become more expensive.” “There was a time when they were able to adjust to circumstances, why can’t they now?” In another part of town a certain Miss Hardy supported her high living standard by renting rooms. Tom Hardy, her son, foreman in one Forrester and Hardcastle’s factories. William Stowell. “To the success of my daughter Vivian’s latest plan, a home for sick and old lapdogs.” “If George gets old, he may go there, too.” Lily, one of millions who are forced to regard a strange boarding-house as their hearth and home. “Half of what I have is for you… half of what you have is for me.” The next day. “If you leave the wages of the workers as they are, there will be unrest.” “They’ll have to make the best of it or else…” “Why can’t we negotiate now that circumstances have changed so much and business is good? Was it really necessary to reject their demands out of hand?” “Beautiful flower… born in sunshine. If only the sun could penetrate in these dark tenements the world would be one flower garden.” “There is no sun in Russia. But here, in this great country, the sun of freedom shines. Living conditions are made by the people themselves. People should be reformed through love!” “People are the result of living conditions. To change people, living conditions must change.” A poor victim of darkness. “If only the sun could come in.” “The sun will come… when love comes into the hearts of people.” CHILDREN OF ONE FATHER. Part three. “Boss, we’d like to have our old job back.” “I am sorry… our factory is full up… I can’t help you.” “Why do you send them away like that? These people used to give their best for the company.” “But with a little good will every busy factory can still use an extra hand these days.” “You’re an impractical idealist. Your plan would weaken the entire company!” Weaken? Nothing of the kind! They’ll be grateful for the opportunity we’d offer. We didn’t force them to leave, did we? What they did was in the public interest.” “You’re a big fool! For twenty years I ran this business the way I wanted to…and I’ll go on doing so, ENTIRELY THE WAY I WANT TO!” “From now on our partnership is dissolved.” “Remember, Hardcastle, there is nothing to be gained by imposing your will. Think and consider. My views are different and I’ll show you that they’re practicable.” During evenings, at Vivian’s, he often thought with sadness of her twin sister who had disappeared so tragically. Henry Forrester set up his own factory on a cooperative basis. Sound cooperation and mutual respect. While in André Hardcastle’s factory… “You cannnot achieve good results with underpaid, disaffected workers.” “If you cannot maintain a grasp of things here I’ll appoint a foreman who can!” Lunch break. In Hardcastle’s dissatisfied workers Sergius found a keen audience for Dorothy’s rebellious theories. But when Dorothy wanted to impose her ideals on Forrester’s men… “We have everything we want here and we’re content, away with your argumentation!” “Don’t worry, my son… with God’s love everything will turn out RIGHT!” Sergius, whose protestations of love were left unreturned by Dorothy, had found an easier victim in naïve Lily. “Look, I just bought this for you, as a pledge of our love!” “Why hold on so tightly to all those old, stiff customs…we’re free as the birds in the sky!” CHILDREN OF ONE FATHER. Part four. “What a fool. Why, father treats his workers better than anybody else!” “Go to the factory, Miss Hardcastle, and judge for yourself.” “You never refused me anything, father, so you can’t refuse me this.” “Let us preach LOVE instead of rough violence
and let us seal our love in marriage.” After Lily had turned him down, Sergius wanted to try his luck once more with Dorothy. “Look, I bought this just FOR YOU.” “We’re not in Russia, pal!” “Great, this will buy milk for a lot of poor babies.” Vivian kept her word and visited the factory. “I’ll come back. I want to see how these poor people are housed.” The streetcar took them to another world, to the blue skies and flowering meadows of the suburbs. “So beautiful, so lovely, why, the whole world could be like this!” “But is there enough goodness in people for it?” “Oh, sure. It was there once… and it’s there forever. GOODNESS CAN NEVER DIE!” “Well, is this another of those intruders you bring here to sermonize me?
Get out or I’ll throw you out!” “HELP is what they need, not pretty words and sermons.” Hardcastle’s men became increasingly discontented. “When the world is full of love and sunshine, I’ll be yours.” “Tomorrow they want to strike… now you can carry out your theories. Speak to them at their meeting tonight!” But Paul’s words that afternoon had effected a change in Dorothy. A fierce battle raged inside her heart. How to attain her ideals? Through violence or… through tenderness and mutual understanding? “The sun! The sun!!” This harsh, harrowing suffering, this blatant contrast between impassive death and carefree childhood were too much for her. Her temperament flared up again in all its wildness and fieriness. “If you have read my report about conditions in your factory, you MUST understand and… ACT.” “Your silly proposals would cost me half my profits.” “If Hardcastle won’t listen we’ll MAKE him listen!” “The men have stopped working and ask for a meeting. What do I tell them?” CHILDREN OF ONE FATHER. Part five. A storm of violence broke out at Hardcastle’s sumptuous villa. Meanwhile, Vivian was… In vain Paul tried… “What have I done to you? What is it?!” And suddenly… “That is what your violence accomplished. You killed her, she who loved and supported you most!” “Get a doctor, quick!” “You did it to save me. Why?” “Death is not so bad. My Paul was right… only through love…and understanding… can we live… and help.” “Sis… dear sis!” “In 1898, during the massacre in Petrograd!” “Dorothy, my child!” “Men, with violence you won’t accomplish anything. Let us know your wishes in a meeting.” “Help them… understand them… love them… for my sake.” “Her noble sacrifice made me understand! All your needs will be provided for!” “The company will be re-established on a new, cooperative basis.” “The world is full of sunshine… and I… I… will… always… be with you… always.” Happily she lived for others and happily she died. Greater love no one knew. The sunny dawn of a new day with the promise of a radiant, wonderful future. “You were right after all, Forrester. It’s love and understanding that solve our problems.” “Contentment and cooperation in unison, with contented and happy people, achieve better results than we ever thought were possilble.” “I knew that all would end well and happy.” The end.

2 Comments

  1. bgP says:

    Thank you for uploading HD versions of silent movies!

  2. Phil Leibfried says:

    What happened to the English sub-titles????????????

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