We see a country boy leave the plow and his old father and mother, even the little country lass who loves him and we follow his career as he struggles to get work and slowly loses heart in ... See full summary »

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Harold M. Shaw ...
The Boy
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Mrs. William Bechtel ...
The Mother
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Margery Bonney Erskine ...
The Girl's Mother (as Mrs. Wallace Erskine)
William Wadsworth ...
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We see a country boy leave the plow and his old father and mother, even the little country lass who loves him and we follow his career as he struggles to get work and slowly loses heart in the big town. At last he gets a job that will just pay his meager expenses. The little country girl back home has a brilliant idea: she looks up another city ad and hies her to town also. She even lets herself apparently fall into the snares of a cheap theatrical manager. This last incident is too much for the boy and he suddenly wakes up and realizes that the good home, the sweetness of the country, and life with the girl he loves, would be far more attractive than his present sordid struggle. Of course, the little girl pretends to be hard to persuade, but of course in the end she relents and we see them finally go "back to the land" and to happiness as the story comes to a close. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 November 1911 (USA)  »

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The idea has been used many times, but it is still fresh and worth doing
30 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A picture that for the most part is strong and very effective. The idea has been used many times, but it is still fresh and worth doing. The early scenes, especially the one drawn after Hovenden's "Breaking Home Ties," could hardly be improved upon. The youth felt the lure of the city and determined to win his fortune. The working up to the scene where he takes leave of his mother was like life itself. It was acted and posed with truly wonderful skill, but, at the close, when the scene became like the picture, it was held quiet, frozen, for an instant. This touch of self-consciousness was a mistake and it alone robbed the scene of perfection. The youth reaches the city, is disillusioned; but is, at length brought back to the farm by his sweetheart who goes to the city after him. One of the picture's strongest points is the types which, except those at the city boarding house, give a very realistic atmosphere to the story. - The Moving Picture World, December 9, 1911


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