Old Jabez Burr is shown with his little grand-daughter, Mildred. She receives a letter from her father that he is coming home with a new mamma for her, and telling her to warn grand-dad to hide his black bottle, as the lady is a great church worker and is opposed to liquor. Jabez is a veteran of the civil war, and has been wont to meet his old army cronies and fight again the great battles in which they took part, and his fast ebbing strength has been stimulated by liquor. Mrs. Burr arrives, and soon becomes a leader in the church work of the neighborhood. Grand-dad slyly hides his bottle. Mrs. Burr nags grand-dad frequently, and finally in an outburst of anger she tells him that he is contaminating Mildred. The old man is crushed, and resolves to go away. That night, when all is still, he quietly kisses Mildred good-bye as she sleeps, and starts out. Mr. Burr hears him moving about, and thinks burglars are in the house. He finds his father and pleads with him to stay, but the old man...Written by
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This well-crafted and effective Thomas Ince short drama does an efficient job of introducing the characters, telling the story, and making its points. Ince makes good use of his ability to frame a scene effectively, and there is also an extended flashback sequence that works well.
The setup centers around "Granddad", a Civil War veteran beloved by his granddaughter but resented by his son's second wife because of his drinking. The plot is simple but poignant, and Ince's understated style works effectively in telling the story. The settings work quite well, and it also gives you a good feel for its original setting, when there were still plenty of Civil War veterans around, and when (unlike as would be the case with veterans of most other wars) they could easily run into former opponents from time to time.
Ince has the cast give solid, believable performances that allow the characters and story to speak for themselves. It makes a simple but effective statement on behalf of all the "Granddads" of its own or any other era.
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