The home of a lonely widow is visited by gossipy neighbors, conveying the sad news through a newspaper article of the conviction of her only son, on a charge of murder, a son she had not ... See full summary »
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The home of a lonely widow is visited by gossipy neighbors, conveying the sad news through a newspaper article of the conviction of her only son, on a charge of murder, a son she had not seen for fifteen years, and had mourned as dead. The devotion of a mother's undying love for her boy, and determination not to desert him in the hour of need, is aroused. Going to the prison she pleads to see her boy. To save her breaking heart, the son does not recognize her as his mother, that he may save her disgrace and pain. She is not convinced and leaves heavy hearted but ever determined. She hastens to the governor and intercedes, but of no avail. The death warrant is read, and all preparations for the execution made, when the governor receives a telegram that the real murderer has made a deathbed confession, to save the innocent man. Phone is out of order and a human life is at stake. The governor's daughter makes a wild ride and reaches the prison just in time with the reprieve. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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20 April 1911 (USA)  »

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The film was prepared with the avowed purpose of exhibiting the strength of mother-love
16 January 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This strongly sentimental picture deals with a mother's love for her son. It takes her on a long journey when she learns that he is in prison. Her efforts seem unavailing until the real criminal confesses. Then comes a thrilling ride which saves him from the gallows. The film was prepared with the avowed purpose of exhibiting the strength of mother-love, and admirably it succeeds. The actors have entered into the spirit of the play. The photography is excellent. The stage manager also has done his part well. No applause followed this film, but it must be said that the music as given did not harmonize with the play. With a film so filled with the purest sentiment as this there should be no sudden crashes nor any loud music at all. With harmony between the two the impression upon the audience will no doubt be very marked. - The Moving Picture World, May 6, 1911


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