Man's vocation is not always one of choice, it is more often one of circumstances. This story illustrates the fallacy of parents selecting, without regard to the natural inclination or ... See full summary »

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Man's vocation is not always one of choice, it is more often one of circumstances. This story illustrates the fallacy of parents selecting, without regard to the natural inclination or ability of the child, a line of pursuit or means of livelihood, which accounts for the large number of dismal failures in life. In this instance the father of John Wallace, prompted by his religious fervor, urges the boy to enter a monastery. John obligingly acquiesces and starts on the journey, but later changes his mind, seeks employment on a farm and subsequently marries. Old man Wallace often meditates about his boy and watches the pilgrimages of the padres, hoping to get a glimpse of his son. John finally visits his father, in company with his wife and child. The disappointment of the father is intense, but the sight of his grandchild softens his heart and he yields to nobler sentiment. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama | Western

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11 November 1912 (USA)  »

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Almost a Friar  »

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A better title might have been found
10 March 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The situation developed in this picture makes an interesting study; but, although the producer has made the most of his material, it is not very dramatic. It is a one character picture, played by the premier company with Warren Kerrigan in the leading role. We find him as a young man in a lonely cabin on the mountains with his old father. He is fond of reading the Bible and decides to become a monk. At the gate of the monastery, in the valley, he meets a girl who has been to the well for water. He finds another "calling." A well-made naturally acted picture; but not very well photographed. A better title might have been found; it has an unintentional anti-monastic suggestion. - The Moving Picture World, November 16, 1912


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