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Mother Machree (1928)

Passed | | Drama | 19 December 1928 (Finland)
Ellen McHugh, a poor Irish immigrant to America, finds work in a carnival and is thus able to send her son Brian to a fine school. But when her position is found out, the school expels ... See full summary »




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Brian - Child
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Miss Van Studdiford
Mrs. Cutting
Pat Somerset ...
Bobby De Puyster
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vondell Darr


Ellen McHugh, a poor Irish immigrant to America, finds work in a carnival and is thus able to send her son Brian to a fine school. But when her position is found out, the school expels Brian. Mrs. McHugh feels compelled to allow the school principal and his wife to adopt Brian. The widow McHugh becomes a housekeeper and raises her employer's daughter Edith, who grows up to fall in love with Brian McHugh. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

19 December 1928 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Minha Mãe  »

Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (sound effects and musical score)|



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Library of Congress has reels 1, 2 and 5, while reels 2, 5 and 7 currently survive at the UCLA film and television archives. See more »


Referenced in Becoming John Ford (2007) See more »


Mother Machree
Music by Chauncey Olcott and Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Used by permission of M. Witmark & Sons, owner of the Copyright
Copyright 1910 by M. Witmark & Sons
Played on piano and sung by Neil Hamilton (uncredited)
Played as background music often
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The 21 Year Old John Wayne
23 September 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This film was originally credited as John Wayne's debut film, but obviously he appeared in films two years before this as an uncredited extra. He showed early promise in these silent films with his height, his smile, and just the way how he embodied the American west.

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