His mother desperately ill, Juan, a poor Mexican peon, gets the doctor to visit her. The doctor, however, can give the lad no encouragement. He tells Juan that she will probably die, and ... See full summary »

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His mother desperately ill, Juan, a poor Mexican peon, gets the doctor to visit her. The doctor, however, can give the lad no encouragement. He tells Juan that she will probably die, and that she surely will unless he can secure for her the necessary medicines and nourishing food. Departing, he leaves Juan in despair, for the poor lad is penniless. However, he cheers the sick woman and departs in an effort to secure the necessary medicine and food. His efforts prove fruitless. Nobody will trust the Mexican and he is forced to return to his humble home and the dying woman with empty hands. Filled with despair at his failure and the knowledge that a few dollars would prolong and perhaps save the life of his mother, whom he loves dearly. Juan determines to get the things at any cost. He leaves the house the second time, filled with this determination, and, driven by his desperation and want, steals a horse and sells it. With the money thus procured, Juan purchases the medicine and food ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The well-photographed backgrounds in which this picture is set, give to it a very interesting atmosphere
12 November 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A picture whose hero is a very lowly Mexican. His mother lay very sick. He couldn't get the medicine or food she must have and in desperation, he stole a horse. When the sheriff finds the circumstances, he protects him from the cowboys. The well-photographed backgrounds in which this picture is set, give to it a very interesting atmosphere. The scenes are in a small, desert village, in the Mexican quarter of the town, with its adobe huts. It is very well acted, especially by the Mexican boy and his old mother, but also by the sheriff and the cowboys, who are in an ugly mood. It gets over effectively and was watched with close attention. - The Moving Picture World, May 18, 1912


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