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A grief stricken widowed man, devotes his life to caring and providing for his very young daughter. He quickly secures a job at a nearby pigeon farm. One day he runs into an old sweetheart,... See full summary »

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George Forrester
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George Forrester's Daughter, as a Child
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George Forrester's Daughter, as an Adult
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George Forrester's Sweetheart
Charles West ...
George Forrester's Son-in-Law
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The Maid
William J. Butler
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An Old Man
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Worker on Farm
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The Daughter's Husband's Companion
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Owner of a Pigeon Farm (unconfirmed)
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A grief stricken widowed man, devotes his life to caring and providing for his very young daughter. He quickly secures a job at a nearby pigeon farm. One day he runs into an old sweetheart, but he soon realizes he cannot support a wife and his child too, so he sacrifices his own happiness for his daughter. Years later his daughter returns from school a young woman. She promises her father that she will never leave him. Then one day a young man turns her fancy, and they are both smitten with each other. As they meet secretly, her father finds out and angrily confronts the young man. His daughter explains she is in love and they are going to get married. Heartbroken, the father leaves, not wanting to see them again. A year later, the daughter has a baby of her own. With her husband always busy, she becomes very lonely. Missing her father, she visits him and places the baby in his arms. Upon seeing his daughter and grandchild he is immediately restored with joy and happiness. Written by Pamela Short

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4 April 1910 (USA)  »

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Como é na Vida  »

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A look on how times have changed in life and early film
8 February 2001 | by (Oceana, West Virginia) – See all my reviews

What I like about this film is studying it as a time capsule of history. The story is basically of a father not able to marry another woman after his first wife's death because he can't afford to do so. He has a daughter to care for from his first marriage (when she grows up in the film she is played by Mary Pickford). So he sacrifices his happiness to raise his daughter. When she is an adult, and her father is old, she must choose to marry or stay and care for her father. She chooses to marry with some misgivings.. In the end, she brings her baby to see her father, and he finds joy in his grandchild. Imagine, in 1910, when the film was made, no one could run to the welfare office. People actually took responsibility seriously in caring for their kids and actually making huge sacrifices for their decisions in life. The father found a job, remained poor, but did the best he could. A college professor once told my history class that the baby boomers only think with "Me". Today, the father might have put the kid off on someone else, and done what they wanted to do. Look how many kids are raised without fathers today. This film is highly recommended, as a look at film study and a look at history. It is available on Griffith Biographs on Image Silent Classics laserdisc.


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