Thanks to constant television exposure in the early 1950s, The Message of the Violin is one of the best-known of D.W. Griffith's Biograph films. Popular Griffith ingenue Stefanie Longfellow headed the cast of this one-reel romantic drama. The hero, a sensitive violinist, is constantly browbeaten by his drunken lout of a father. Only when he is with his sweetheart does the violinist ever find true happiness, but she cannot abide the boorish behavior of his father and walks out on him. Eventually, the old man dies during a particularly vicious attack of delirium tremens. Taking to the streets with his violin, the hero plays his former sweetheart's favorite song -- and, right on cue, she materializes out of nowhere for a climactic embrace.
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