Cast & Crew
Ruth Chandler, a house guest of sculptor Tom Barnes and his wife, impresses them at first with her charm, but soon lashes out in rage when she is criticized or feels neglected. Stuart Hamilton, a successful sculptor who witnesses a tantrum, tells the Barnes that Ruth needs a firm hand rather than tolerance. Mrs. Barnes explains that Ruth, as an orphaned child, was reared by an old relative who pampered her, and that Ruth's temper has caused her to lose the love of everyone dear to her. Later, when Ruth feels neglected at Stuart's studio tea, she starts to leave, and he tells her that she is acting childish. She apologizes and soon they fall in love and marry. When their daughter is two-years-old, Ruth's anger at Stuart's attention to the child leads him to take the child to his studio. Ruth disappears after leaving a note saying that she is unfit to be a mother. Stuart hires detectives, but they fail to locate her. Under another name, Ruth does settlement work. After she selflessly nurses a sick girl rather than give in to her desire to visit Stuart, a friend sees her despair and effects a reconciliation.
According to the synopsis in the copyright descriptions, the story was formerly entitled "The Christening." The film was copyrighted under the title Humility, a Cardinal Virtue. The film was originally intended to part of a series entitled "The Seven Cardinal Virtues" that Bernstein Film Productions planned to make. Director Jack Pratt and actors Betty Brice, Murdock MacQuarrie and Jay Morley worked on another film of the series, entitled Loyalty. According to ads in June 1917, Humility was to be the first in Bernstein's series and would be released through M. H. Hoffman, Inc. A November 1917 item stated that Humilty would be the second release of Oro Pictures, following Loyalty. The film was in a list of available releases in Moving Picture World February 2, 1918, pp. 649-57. An ad in March 1918 advertised Humility as a release of Maytrix Photo Plays, Inc.