When a young man's fiancee is killed in a train accident, he loses his sanity. The two lovers are eventually united in death.


Theodore Wharton


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Cast overview:
Francis X. Bushman ... Ted Warren, a Student
Beverly Bayne ... Dora Allen
William Bailey ... A Friend of Ted Warren's
Frank Dayton ... John Allen
Helen Dunbar ... Mrs. Allen
Theodore Tweston Theodore Tweston ... William Warren, Ted's Father
Robert Walker ... Jim - Colored Servant
Eleanor Blanchard ... (as Miss Blanchard)
William Glasby William Glasby


Ted Warren and Dora Allen were engaged to be married, and Ted, who is a student at Cornell, wishes to have the ceremony take place at his fraternity house on the day of his graduation. His sweetheart lives in his home town, which is a day's journey from the college, and a short while before graduation he takes the trip to visit his father and arrange with Dora and her parents about the wedding. After a few happy days spent with his fiancée he goes back to college, there to await with impatience the coming of that happiest of days which is to bring him his beloved bride and well-earned degree. The day before he receives a telegram from Dora stating that she and her parents are leaving with Ted's father in his private car and will arrive at the college town in the morning. The next day as the university chimes ring out over the campus to the sweet melody of "Dear Old Girl," Ted and three of his friends prepare to go to the train. Ted taking with him an immense bouquet of white flowers ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Romance | Short







Release Date:

10 October 1913 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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My Ship O' Dreams
Lyric by Francis X. Bushman
Music by Frank M. Suttle
[c. 1915, 'with pleasant memories of my great success "Dear Old Girl" produced by Essanay']
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Its dominant note is pathos
8 December 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

An unusual story. It is also of unusual strength. Its dominant note is pathos. You feel it right at the beginning, amid the camaraderie of the college men, in the greeting of the young man and his sweetheart, in the sanction of the marriage by the girl's parents. In spite of the brightness of the outlook you feel it is too good to be true. Technically the story is a gem. Frank Bushman never had a better medium for showing what he can do; and he never had better support or better direction. Beverly Bayne, as the fiancée, is splendid; her work shows what she can do when playing opposite a real artist. William Bailey, as the chum of the bridegroom-to-be, is all his best friend would have him; deserving of mention also are the two who form the other half of the quartet Miss Blanchard and Mr. Dayton, the latter of whom also filled the brief role of the engineer, as the parents contributed their share. The surprise is the colored servant, Robert Walker. He gave the finishing touch. "Dear Old Girl" is a rare picture. Don't miss it. - The Moving Picture World, October 25, 1913

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