Mr. and Mrs. Carter, an old-fashioned country couple, mourn the absence of their only son from whom they have had no word for several years. Thanksgiving Day is approaching and the longing ... See full summary »

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Mr. Carter
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Mrs. Carter
Harold M. Shaw ...
The Carter Son
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An Editor
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A Man About Town
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Yale Benner ...
A Clubman
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Mr. and Mrs. Carter, an old-fashioned country couple, mourn the absence of their only son from whom they have had no word for several years. Thanksgiving Day is approaching and the longing to see her boy prompts Mrs. Carter to insert in a New York daily a "personal," which reads, "My child, come home. Then it will truly be Thanksgiving Day. Mother." The editor of the daily in going over the copy fresh from the press, reads it first. He stops in the midst of his work and a vision of his home and mother appears to him. He resolves to spend Thanksgiving, the first in many years, at his old home. He goes to the street, tosses the paper into the waiting auto before he realizes that he is stepping into the wrong machine, then getting into his own is driven to the station. The owner of the other machine gets In. finds the paper and puts it into his pocket. He visits an actress in her dressing room, and while waiting for her to finish her act, begins to read the newspaper. His eyes fall upon ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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24 November 1911 (USA)  »

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Home, a Thanksgiving Story  »

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There is a pathos about this picture which will go straight to the hearts of thousands
30 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This picture is an unusually strong appeal for Thanksgiving. It tells, in brief, how a mother, whose boy has long wandered, inserts a personal in a newspaper asking him to come home. The effect upon those who read it is almost magical. One after another see the little personal and hurry home for Thanksgiving. The last one to see it is the one for whom it was intended. He has to beat his way on a freight train, but he arrives just as his father and mother are sitting down to their Thanksgiving dinner. He is warmly welcomed, but none of them realize what the mother accomplished in inserting the personal in the paper. There is a pathos about this picture which will go straight to the hearts of thousands. Indeed, it may have the same effect as the little personal. It may bring more than one wanderer back home for the Thanksgiving feast. If it does it will accomplish more good than even amusing the people. - The Moving Picture World, December 9, 1911


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