The Civil War has begun, and Mace Brewer goes to the front, leaving his young wife alone. His friend, Joe Saunders, also has to leave his aged mother and answer the call of duty to his ... See full summary »

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Joe Saunders - the Blacksmith
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Mace Brewer
Frank Richardson ...
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The Civil War has begun, and Mace Brewer goes to the front, leaving his young wife alone. His friend, Joe Saunders, also has to leave his aged mother and answer the call of duty to his country. The misfortunes of war claim Mace, and at night as Joe, sorely wounded, limps off the battlefield, he leaves Mace for dead. Soldiers burying the dead, discover life in Mace and he is hurried to the hospital, where the surgeons succeed in reviving him. Thinking Mace dead, Joe writes to his mother of this tragedy, and she sadly shows the letter to the wife. Joe returns. Mace's widow calls for the details of his death. After recovering from the operation it is found that Mace's mind is affected, and he is taken to an asylum for treatment. A year passes and we see Joe a sturdy blacksmith, being visited in his shop by his mother and the widow with whom he is plainly in love, but he lacks the courage to tell her so. Finally one Sunday on the way home from church, he manages to slip a note into her ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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17 August 1911 (USA)  »

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25 October 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Tom Santschi and Herbert Rawlinson go off to the Civil War. When Rawlinson is badly wounded on the battlefield, Santschi thinks he is dead. He returns home after the war and weds Eugenie Besserer, who had been Rawlinson's fiancée. However, Rawlinson is not dead. He is suffering from amnesia. He regains his memory and returns home in this Selig short film.

I have seen so many variations on "Enoch Arden" that it's hard for me to take the story seriously any more. Every time Ronald Colman loses more of his memory in RANDOM HARVEST and Greer Garson has to look at him longingly, I roll my eyes. However, this variation in the story is so well acted that I enjoyed this movie, particularly the charming way in which Santschi does his wooing while Miss Besserer smiles at his shyness.

If you wish to see this for yourself, there is a copy posted to the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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