The Only Son (1914)

Thomas Brainerd, Sr., as a prospector, is a dutiful and loving husband and father. Two children, Gertrude and Thomas, Jr., are born while the Brainerds live in a log cabin in the mountains.... See full summary »

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Winchell Smith (play)
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Cast overview:
Jim Blackwell Jim Blackwell ... Thomas Brainerd, Sr. (as James Blackwell)
A. MacMillan A. MacMillan ... Henry Thompson
Thomas W. Ross ... Thomas Brainerd, Jr.
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Brainerd
Merta Carpenter Merta Carpenter ... Gertrude Brainerd
Arthur Collins Arthur Collins ... Jim Tompkins
Milton Brown Milton Brown ... Detective
J.P. Wild J.P. Wild ... Charles Lester (as John P. Wild)
Fred Starr Fred Starr ... Collins
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Thomas Brainerd, Sr., as a prospector, is a dutiful and loving husband and father. Two children, Gertrude and Thomas, Jr., are born while the Brainerds live in a log cabin in the mountains. Brainerd strikes gold, goes to New York, where he becomes a financial power. He neglects his wife, devotes every moment of his time to his growing industries, simply supplies funds to his family, and his wife, alone and melancholy, is fascinated by an artist and consents to "sit" for a painting. Feeling her neglect keenly, Mrs. Brainerd becomes a victim to the wiles of the artist, who, however, is killed by the husband of a former victim before the affair has progressed too far. Brainerd, learning of his wife's affair with the artist, orders her from the house. Thomas, Jr. sides with and accompanies his mother. Heretofore a worthless spendthrift, Thomas now becomes ambitious and joins interest with a penniless inventor, goes west, establishes a factory, makes a go of it, sells out to his father at ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1914 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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DeMille Learning his Trade
12 December 2003 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

It was agony watching this film. Obviously DeMille can't direct because there was no heart or substance in the story. You don't feel anything when you watch this film, except boredom. There was no warmth or story in the film, and I'm surprised Apfel even gave DeMille the opportunity to direct.


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