Produced by the short-lived Monopol company, Seeds of the Father is one of those "hereditary drunkenness" melodramas so common to the pre-WWI era. A care-worn mother is worried that her son, a chronic ne'er-do-well, is genetically predestined for a life of alcoholism and crime. Thus, she summons up her courage and shoots her son while he sleeps. This done, she retires to the living room, there to literally die of a broken heart. There were several clever cinematic touches in Seeds of the Father, notably a complex "flashback" sequence as the mother tearfully thumbs through her family album.
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