Ed Forbes, an ambitious young man, leaves his widowed mother's home. Through some means or other, Ed is made a prisoner in his newfound land by a malignant person. The young prisoner is set... See full summary »

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Ed Forbes - the Son
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Ed Forbes, an ambitious young man, leaves his widowed mother's home. Through some means or other, Ed is made a prisoner in his newfound land by a malignant person. The young prisoner is set to work trimming the wisteria vines growing around the warden's home. As he smells the flower (which is his mother's favorite one) he is reminded of her. At night in his cell he writes to his mother, tells her that he is innocent and that he still loves her. She is touched by her son's letter and decides to journey to him. To raise enough funds she has to sell her treasures, which are bought, unknown to her, by her faithful servant, who afterwards returns them. On the train she encounters a sickly lady with a baby that cries incessantly. Mrs. Forbes takes it, soon soothes it and caresses the mother. This kind act is witnessed by Governor Coleman, who enters into a conversation with Mrs. Forbes. She tells the Governor everything. Later he investigates the case and finds that Ed Forbes is innocent. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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21 November 1911 (USA)  »

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The "boy" was a little bald on top
24 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Because it it very well acted, this rather old-fashioned picture of sentiment has now and then deeply emotional incidents. The use that the producer has made of wisteria and of the memories that cling around it in the hearts of two people, a mother and her only son who is in prison, it very commendable. He was innocent, yet couldn't bear to write to let his mother know where he was, until wisteria time; then he couldn't help doing it. We also see her at the old home sadly wondering where he is, in wisteria time. When she gets the letter she goes to him. The governor is on the train and hears her sad story, investigates and declares the boy innocent. It is well designed except that the "boy" was a little bald on top and the first going away from home was almost funny. Again, perhaps, the last two pictures of happiness at home were kept on a bit too long. - The Moving Picture World, December 2, 1911


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