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Cast overview:
Thomas Brainerd - the Old Soldier
The Old Soldier's Daughter
Dick - the Old Soldier's Grandson
The Village Minister
Captain Thomas Tooker - Old G.A.R. Soldier
Ben Smith - Old G.A.R. Soldier
William Wadsworth ...
William Saunders - Old G.A.R. Soldier
Harry Linson ...
Jonathan Pease - Old G.A.R. Soldier
Hi Bartlett - Old G.A.R. Soldier
Old G.A.R. Soldier - the Fifer
Old G.A.R. Soldier - the Drummer


Thomas Brainerd, a Civil War veteran, is an enthusiastic old soldier and a firm believer in discipline. His household, which consists of his married daughter and his beloved grandson, Dick, is run on strict military rules, and if Dick objects to the early arrival of bedtime it needs only a word from grandpa on the subject of a soldier's first duty to bring the youngster to strict obedience. As Decoration Day approaches, Brainerd and his C.A.R. comrades meet and discuss the plans for the annual parade in the village. But Brainerd has been falling of late and, in spite of the doctor's efforts, seems to be getting weaker as time passes. The eventful day arrives and Brainerd, dressed in his best is ready to take his place in the line with his comrades, but as he takes his beloved rifle from its place his weakness is so apparent that his daughter finally prevails upon him to give up his idea of marching in the parade. He will watch from his chair in front of the house and insists that his ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short | Western





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24 May 1912 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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It is excellent on every count
22 November 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Mr. Bannister Merwin, the writer of this picture, scores in it another emphatic success. It is a stirring, human and deeply truthful picture of an old soldier's last Memorial Day. There are village scenes, a parade of veterans to the cemetery, and the old soldier's dream memories of the war. He dreams of morning roll call, of battles, of the sunset gun and of taps blown over the sleeping soldiers in bivouac on the field of battle. It is grandly done, and very emotional. The people applauded warmly. Let us impress upon exhibitors that such a picture as this, it is in truth a masterpiece, deserves some special preparation. It will repay it. It needs good martial music, drums, fifes and bugle notes, at the very least. Don't miss such a chance of making an impression. This picture plus good music will be worthwhile. Mr. Mark McDermott plays the old soldier, we almost said is the old soldier, so worthily does he set him forth. He will win a host of good friends by this picture. As it is, as a player, he stands second to none in the estimation of people who appreciate art and imagination. He has won his reputation outside of romantic roles and on account of ability alone. The picture is so good and true that although a large crowd of onlookers watched it in making, all of them seem to have a natural place in it. They were feeling what it stood for. The actors had lost themselves in it and, strange to say, the uninvited but welcome watchers also had. It is excellent on every count. Miss Miriam Nesbitt is the soldier's daughter; Yale Boss is his grandson. Among the G.A.R. men are Charles Ogle, Robert Brower, Wm. Wadsworth, Harry Linton, Wm. West, Guy Hedlund and Edw. Boulden. Following the G.A.R. men march a group of school children, in white with flowers and little flags. Then come the citizens. It is a photoplay of real life. - The Moving Picture World, June 8, 1912

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