The Triumph of the Weak

The Triumph of the Weak is a 1918 Vitagraph American drama film that was directed by Tom Terriss, written by Garfield Thompson based upon a play by Edith Ellis and Forrest Halsey, and starring Alice Joyce.[1] It is the story of a woman who steals to provide food for her child and the consequence which follow her act, the narrow escapes she has of the many pitfalls, in her efforts to live in the straight and narrow path. This film appears to be lost.[2]

The Triumph of the Weak
Directed byTom Terriss
Written byGarfield Thompson
Based onMy Man
by Edith Ellis and Forrest Halsey
StarringAlice Joyce
Walter McGrail
Eulalie Jensen
CinematographyJoseph Shelderfer
Distributed byVitagraph Company of America
Release date
  • May 13, 1918 (1918-05-13)
Running time
5 reels (approx. 50 minutes)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


Frank Merrill, a Great Lakes pilot, loses his life in a storm and his wife, Edith, to support her child leaves for the city where she steals and is imprisoned. Three years later, upon her release, she takes her child from the state orphanage and goes to another city where she secures employment in a department store. She marries the superintendent, Jim Roberts. Mabel, who served time with Edith, is freed and arranges with Mickey Bill to enlist the aid of Edith in a robbery under threat of exposure. The burglary is committed, and, when Mabel is trapped, Edith, fearing a revelation of her past, says that she is responsible. In a trap laid by Detective Jordan to get Mabel the truth comes out and Edith's past is laid bare to her husband. He forgives her and the thieves are rounded up.



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