From his apartment, where he lives a cheerless widower's life, overlooking Washington Park, Alan Dale sees a refined, but poverty-stricken old gentleman on one of the park benches. Calling ... See full summary »

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From his apartment, where he lives a cheerless widower's life, overlooking Washington Park, Alan Dale sees a refined, but poverty-stricken old gentleman on one of the park benches. Calling his butler, he instructs him to go down and tell the old man he would like to see him. When the butler approaches the elderly man the old fellow is somewhat skeptical, but finally consents to go with him. Alan receives his guest cordially and tells him why he has requested him to come and invites him to dinner. During the meal the old man tells his life's story: how he married a young woman, and after the birth of a little daughter, she died. How his daughter had married a young fellow and gone to live in New York, and how he had lost his money. The last news he had received of her was of her death. As he recites his story visions of the events appear before us and we have no trouble following them. Alan, at the conclusion of the story, eagerly grasps the old gentleman's hand and tells him that he ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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30 April 1913 (USA)  »

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A bittersweet little film.
31 July 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

For 1913, "A Window on Washington Park" is a terrific film. Sure, when viewed today it might seem amazingly old fashioned, but when it debuted, it was well made and technically rather amazing.

The film is set in a big city--presumably New York. A young man looking out the window of his apartment has noticed the same elderly man sitting on a bench for several days and he's curious about his story. So, he sends his butler out to ask the old gentleman into the apartment. The old man then relates a story that occurred decades ago. It seems that his daughter was his pride and joy. But, when she fell for a man who the man thought was beneath her, he forbade her to see him. Not surprisingly, she ran off the the man and despite his efforts to find her, he's never heard from her again. What occurs next is a bit predictable--but also bittersweet. It's all handled so nicely--with great style and heart. I could certainly say more about the plot but think it's best you just see it for yourself from the National Film Preservation Foundation's website. However, I should point out that the print is NOT in great shape--some portions are so severely degraded that it seems like the film is about as restored as you can expect.


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