The old Captain returns from his voyage and is welcomed by his faithful wife. The mate, a young husky man, is jealous of the Captain, and goes straight to the ship owner's office to knock ... See full summary »
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Fred Huntley ...
The Old Captain
Anna Dodge ...
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The old Captain returns from his voyage and is welcomed by his faithful wife. The mate, a young husky man, is jealous of the Captain, and goes straight to the ship owner's office to knock him. He accomplishes the Captain's discharge. The old Captain breaks the news to his wife, who immediately betakes herself to the office. The old lady goes away disappointed. The new master cares not for his holiday, but returns at once to the ship, where he proceeds to give orders. The old Captain comes for his clothes, and offers his hand to the new Captain, who shakes it most lamely. A month later we see the new Captain drunk in his cabin, while a storm is raging. His men are hard at work at the wheel. The mate then rushes to the Captain's cabin and arouses him. The Captain and mate have a fight over the wheel, and, unable to control her, the ship strikes the rocks and is lost. The storm rages on land, and the old Captain comes home and tells his wife of the terrible night, and wonders what may be... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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3 August 1911 (USA)  »

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Den gamle Kaptajn  »

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Hard to discover just what impression the writer of this photoplay desired to create
2 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The poignant, old, old story that never grows trite, of age that is compelled to give way to youth, is pictured in this film. The old captain is as fine an old man and sea-dog as ever commanded a ship. The representation of this character is worthy of the highest praise. The lady who plays the captain's motherly wife also does very commendably. But it is hard to discover just what impression the writer of this photoplay desired to create. He has shown the easy-going old captain as compelled to step out and give room to a younger man, efficient and capable when he's sober, who makes the deck most emphatically alive. This young captain gets drunk and piles up his ship in a storm, and this makes the old man's dismissal sadder. Now, in order to show the quality of this character's soul, the scenario writer has made trouble follow the ship's owner fast and faster, and he is shown at length as starving. All these things are possible, but they are not the natural consequences of anything shown in the drama, and criticize the owner, if he is the typical owner, unjustly. Therefore we are compelled to see the old captain's story as partly typical and partly improbable. This is the picture's great weakness. It is more noticeable because a true and typical picture of the old captain's dismissal would have been as important as any picture could be. The scene where the old captain feeds the one-time owner is not well acted. It is impossible to picture a realistic shipwreck. This film doesn't attempt it, but its picture of seas breaking on rocks doesn't succeed in making us fear. - The Moving Picture World, August 19, 1911


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