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What Shall We Do with Our Old? (1911)

 -  Drama | Short  -  13 February 1911 (USA)
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An elderly carpenter is told by a doctor that his wife is seriously ill. Soon afterwards, an insensitive shop foreman lays him off from his job because of his age. Unable to find work, and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
W. Chrystie Miller ...
The Old Carpenter
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The Old Carpenter's Wife
Adolph Lestina ...
The Doctor
George Nichols ...
The Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elmer Booth ...
Assaulted Prisoner
William J. Butler ...
In Shop
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Night Court Bailiff
Edward Dillon ...
In Shop
John T. Dillon ...
In Shop / In Jail
Frank Evans ...
In Court
Francis J. Grandon ...
Policeman
Guy Hedlund ...
Young Carpenter in Shop / In Court
J. Jiquel Lanoe ...
In Court
Wilfred Lucas ...
Angry Prisoner
Alfred Paget ...
In Shop
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An elderly carpenter is told by a doctor that his wife is seriously ill. Soon afterwards, an insensitive shop foreman lays him off from his job because of his age. Unable to find work, and with his wife's condition getting worse, he soon becomes desperate. Written by Snow Leopard

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Title Card: Impossible to obtain employment at his age. Later his savings exhausted, starvation promises to be their lot.
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Miller's Time
15 March 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

At home, old carpenter W. Chrystie Miller's wife Claire McDowell is in failing health. At work, Mr. Miller finds himself pushed aside for younger, more agile, hands. Fired, the aged Miller finds it impossible to find a new job. When his money runs out, Miller is unable to support his ill, starving wife; desperate, he turns to crime.

Director D.W. Griffith uses film to ask the legitimate social question, "What Shall We Do with Our Old?" Miller is fine as the man whose crime was getting old. McDowell was not old, but suggests it with some success. The always great Biograph team is highlighted by Donald Crisp, performing very well in court; he is the expressive bailiff in the foreground, to the left of your screen. Mr. Crisp is clear; the conclusion is not so much.

**** What Shall We Do with Our Old? (2/13/11) D.W. Griffith ~ W. Chrystie Miller, Claire McDowell, Donald Crisp


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