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The Widow's Might (1913)

By hard work and industry, Barney O'Hara accumulates enough money to be considered by his neighbors a rich man. He is considered a catch by the widow McCarthy and she sets her cap for him. ... See full summary »

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Barney McGuinness
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By hard work and industry, Barney O'Hara accumulates enough money to be considered by his neighbors a rich man. He is considered a catch by the widow McCarthy and she sets her cap for him. He is a little sawed-off, funny-looking man, but she sees nothing but his money. His brother Mike loves her, but she will have nothing to do with him. It is Barney, or no one. She becomes so insistent in trying to win Barney, he has no peace. He decides to escape her by going to America with Mike. They are ready to leave when the widow appears and announces her intention of going with him. They fix up a little scheme whereby Barney is to make believe he is dead and bribe the doctor to pronounce him so. An old-fashioned wake is held and at every opportunity, Mike helps his "dead" brother to a good swig of whiskey. Mike stumbles over Barney's plug hat, arousing his ire, and forgetting himself, he sits up and gives vent to his feelings. The mourners are so frightened, they leave the room. The widow, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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24 January 1913 (USA)  »

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Irish it is, all the way
13 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Here is another Marsh Wilder-Bill Shea scream. Don't take our word for it. Go see it. If you have any Irish blood anywhere behind you you will go again. For Irish it is, all the way, even to a near wake, in which participated two of the real things in the way of weepers or criers. Shea is Wilder's good friend and tries to protect him from the wiles of the widow. Kate Price fills this line in the cast. The little fellow gets word from America of the fine opportunities on the police force. As he has money, he determines to go. Counting it, the widow sees him in the act as she peers through the window. She determines to marry the man and go with him. "Hide the money; here comes the widow," Marsh tells Shea. The widow, however, locks up her intended and takes the key. Through the keyhole Bill inserts a long-stemmed clay "comeallyer," and between the whiles he quaffs copious draughts of the "craytur" he lets fall into the bowl a little for the other fellow. This is all real fun. But it won't touch the wake. Bill gets his "dead one" by all but the keen eyes of the widow. Through the tears she sees the truth. She "busts up" the wake. In her might she gathers in her arms the struggling mite and in triumph bears him to her own home. - The Moving Picture World, February 8, 1913


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