Matthew Denton is a product of a New England village. His father was a prominent business man, who, during the latter part of his life, had encouraged a number of his fellow-townsmen to ... See full summary »

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(as Victor L. Schertzinger)

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(story "Where Life Is Marked Down"), (scenario)
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Matthew Denton
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Mabel Glenny
William Elmer ...
Banty Jones
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Tom Glenny (as Joseph Swickard)
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Matthew Denton is a product of a New England village. His father was a prominent business man, who, during the latter part of his life, had encouraged a number of his fellow-townsmen to invest in the Centipede Company, owners of Texas oil property. Matthew lives with his widowed mother. She showers a wealth of motherly care on him, and refuses to permit him to mingle with the other lads of the town, with the result that he grows up tied to her apron strings, and is known as "his mother's boy." The purchasers of the Centipede stock receive notice that there will be no dividend, that the stock gives every indication of becoming worthless because of a loss in the wells' producing capacity. A delegation of townspeople, calling on Matthew's mother, denounce her late husband for having induced them to purchase the stock. Matthew overhears the tirade, comes to his mother's assistance, and declares that none shall lose a penny through this investment, for he will go to Texas, work in the oil ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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24 December 1917 (USA)  »

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Quand l'agneau se fâche  »

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Charles Ray the Roustabout
30 October 2011 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Under producer Thomas Ince, star Charles Ray's series incarnated a specific kind of role, as I outline in my Ince biography. A typical sample is HIS MOTHER'S BOY (1917), in which Ray is a young man, in a town outside of Boston. Avoiding women, his "natural manhood stands in grave danger of being mothered out of him."

But righteous anger soon leads him to a new path. Townspeople who invested in an oil well promoted by his late father ostracize the characters of Ray and his mother. This even occurs in church where "narrow minds that twist divine words to meet their own petty ways."

When the town's leading citizens demand restitution from his widowed mother, he heads west to Texas, to check on the well first-hand. There he gradually adjusts to the rough-and-tumble, becoming a roustabout, ultimately saving a girl whose father has been coerced into diverting the oil from the well.

The awkwardness of Ray's hero is symbolized by wearing a hat during the picnic on which he asks the girl to marry him. By the end he is a new man, shooting (but not killing) his enemy in self-defense, and giving his fiancée instructions to always wear her ring henceforth.


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