Old Captain Bill and his wife have an only son, whom they idolize. He loses all his money at gambling and drinking, and determines to do better in the city. After a short absence he writes ... See full summary »

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Charles Eldridge
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Old Captain Bill and his wife have an only son, whom they idolize. He loses all his money at gambling and drinking, and determines to do better in the city. After a short absence he writes his people that he has secured a good position, is saving money, and will be home before long. A year or two later he arrives in town and on his way to his home passes the old saloon he used to patronize. He cannot resist the temptation, and goes in. He falls in with a lot of bad fellows and is robbed. Ashamed to go home, he ships on board a sailing vessel. Just as it has gotten out of the harbor it strikes a rock. The townspeople are aroused. As old Bill is the captain of a life-saving crew, he is obliged to leave his sick wife, whose sickness has been brought on through worry over her son. Far out in the sea he picks up a drowning man, who proves to be his son. After resuscitating him, Captain Bill brings him home. His mother clasps him lovingly in her arms. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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25 November 1911 (USA)  »

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The artificiality of it, an old hulk in a calm sea
30 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A story of bitter hard luck, but a very human one. It is not depressing; such stories very often have an entirely different effect and console us with a vision of the possibility, even probability, of the clouds passing away. The situation is pictured dramatically and the story fairly well designed, except in one particular. It deals with the sorrow of an old fisherman and his wife whose weak, not vicious but erring son. after promising to come home for a visit, disappeared and wasn't heard of for years. We are shown how this came about and we do not feel like blaming the son so much as sympathizing with him. In the end, the old father bravely puts out in the life boat to save the survivor of a wreck. This survivor is his son. The scenes of the wreck are not taken off the screen soon enough, not before we have a chance to see the artificiality of it, an old hulk in a calm sea. The story is burdened, too, with too much life-saving apparatus. Aside from these defects, the picture is very well made in almost every way. It is a very interesting and commendable film. - The Moving Picture World, December 9, 1911


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