Writers for the trade magazine Variety had come to expect good product from the Vitagraph company by 1908. As a result, the critic was rather disappointed by the substandard Vitagraph reel Mother's Crime. Unable to pay for the medicine necessary to cure her ailing daughter, a gray-haired old woman is forced to stoop to stealing. Arrested for her crime, she is about to be sentenced by a stern and unforgiving judge when word comes that the daughter is dying. Allowed one last visit, the mother is left alone to weep unashamedly as the daughter breathes her last. One suspects that the Variety correspondent was more upset by the film's morbid content than its overall quality.
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