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What Shall We Do with Our Old? (1911)

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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W. Chrystie Miller ...
The Old Carpenter
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The Doctor
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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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13 February 1911 (USA)  »

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Что нам делать с нашими стариками?  »

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Title Card: Fresh air. The only cure for the ailing wife of the old carpenter.
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This picture should be shown from one end of the land to the other
20 November 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

It would be well if all those state legislatures which are struggling with the question of old age pensions could see this picture. It tells the story of the neglect and cold-hearted indifference with which the aged worker is treated more graphically than could be put in words. The old carpenter's lot is not exaggerated, nor, indeed, is it a single instance. Quite the contrary. It is the common experience of those unfortunate enough to arrive at old age without sufficient savings to carry them through to the end. A realization of what is here illustrated has caused England to pass an old age pension law which distributes $30,000,000 annually to the aged men and women who have borne the heat and burden of the day and now require assistance. This picture should be shown from one end of the land to the other. Its graphic story should be told to the million that they may understand what actually occurs over and over again. This film needs no criticism. It is too near the truth for that. It tells its own story and it brings to mind numerous similar instances within the limited range of every individual. - The Moving Picture World, February 25, 1911


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