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Mother Machree (1927)

Passed | | Drama | 19 December 1927 (UK)
Ellen McHugh, a poor Irish immigrant to America, finds work in a carnival and is thus able to send her son Brian to a fine school. But when her position is found out, the school expels ... See full summary »

Director:

John Ford (uncredited)

Writers:

Rida Johnson Young (from the story by), Gertrude Orr (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Belle Bennett ... Mother Machree
Philippe De Lacy ... Brian - Child
Victor McLaglen ... The Giant of Kilkenny
Ted McNamara ... The Harper of Wexford
Billy Platt Billy Platt ... The Dwarf of Munster (as William Platt)
Eulalie Jensen ... Miss Van Studdiford
Constance Howard ... Mrs. Cutting
Pat Somerset ... Bobby De Puyster
Neil Hamilton ... Brian
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vondell Darr Vondell Darr
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Storyline

Ellen McHugh, a poor Irish immigrant to America, finds work in a carnival and is thus able to send her son Brian to a fine school. But when her position is found out, the school expels Brian. Mrs. McHugh feels compelled to allow the school principal and his wife to adopt Brian. The widow McHugh becomes a housekeeper and raises her employer's daughter Edith, who grows up to fall in love with Brian McHugh. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Even as the song has sung its way into the hearts of every race, so will the picture capture the heart of the world. (Print Ad-Poughkeepsie Eagle-News, ((Poughkeepsie, NY)) 18 October 1928) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The Library of Congress has reels 1, 2 and 5, while reels 2, 5 and 7 currently survive at the UCLA film and television archives. See more »

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Referenced in Becoming John Ford (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Mother Machree
(1910)
Music by Chauncey Olcott and Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Used by permission of M. Witmark & Sons, owner of the Copyright
Copyright 1910 by M. Witmark & Sons
Played on piano and sung by Neil Hamilton (uncredited)
Played as background music often
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The 21 Year Old John Wayne
23 September 2003 | by The-Lonely-LondonerSee all my reviews

This film was originally credited as John Wayne's debut film, but obviously he appeared in films two years before this as an uncredited extra. He showed early promise in these silent films with his height, his smile, and just the way how he embodied the American west.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

19 December 1927 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Minha Mãe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (sound effects and musical score)| Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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