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The Son's Return (1909)

 |  Short, Drama  |  14 June 1909 (USA)
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A son leaves to seek his fortune in the city. Many years later he returns and checks into his parents' inn. They don't recognize him, but noticing his fat wallet, plan to rob him.



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Credited cast:
Charles West ...
The Son
Herbert Prior ...
The Father
Anita Hendrie ...
The Mother
Mary Clark
Harry Solter ...
The Employer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edwin August
Charles Avery ...
Clara T. Bracy
Arthur V. Johnson ...
On Stairs / In Bank
David Miles ...
On Stairs / In Bank
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
Frank Powell ...
In Bank
Billy Quirk
Creditor / Neighbor


Will Sanderson's father kept the village inn, but Will being deeply enamored of pretty Mary Clark had aspirations above the plebeian and rather impecunious calling of village boniface, and so decided to go to the big city and fight for fortune, having read the glowing lines of the biographers of great men who invariably start them on their career as poor country lads. Bidding his sweetheart Mary a fond, but tearful farewell, he then takes his leave of his dear old parents, his mother presenting him with a miniature of herself, as a memento to guide him along the path of righteousness. He is not long in the metropolis when his bright, alert manner appeals to the manager of a banking house and he obtains employment. He had resolved not to return home until he has made a name for himself, and five years later we find him holding a position of responsibility with good salary in the concern. His appearance has somewhat changed, owing to his growing a beard, and one day, taking his mother's... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Oedipus in Reverse
5 November 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Charles West leaves his parents (Herbert Prior and Anita Hendrie), his girl (Mary Pickford), and his country inn, to make his way in the big city. Five years later, Mr. West is a rich man. When hard times hit the old folks at home, Ms. Pickford writes West, suggesting a visit. To surprise his parents, West decides to conceal his identity. He puts on a hat, which compliments his already grown beard and moustache. When he returns, his parents don't recognize their son; ironically, they decide to rob the wealthy young stranger while he sleeps...

West conceals his identity by putting on a hat? Perhaps director D.W. Griffith assumed viewers knew the parents' eyesight was failing? Father Prior seems in good enough health, to effortlessly lift a supposedly dead body, and carry it outside. If not for the implausibility presented concealment of the son's identity, "The Son's Return" would be an interesting drama.

** The Son's Return (6/14/09) D.W. Griffith ~ Charles West, Herbert Prior, Anita Hendrie

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