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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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Credited cast:
W. Chrystie Miller ...
The Old Carpenter
Claire McDowell ...
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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social issues | old age

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Drama | Short

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Title Card: [after the old carpenter's wife starves to death] Nothing for the useful citizen wounded in the battle of life.
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A Short Drama That Makes Its Point
20 August 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This short drama makes its point rather well despite working under the cinematic limitations of the time. While it may seem a little melodramatic, it would likely have been completely believable in 1911, and the general concerns of the elderly probably have not changed all that much despite the existence of more government programs than they had in Griffith's time. There is also a title card stating that the story was based on actual occurrences.

The lead character is an aging carpenter who is suddenly faced with some serious problems, and the actor portraying him does a good job. It also has a pretty effective final shot that you might remember for a while.


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