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The Orphan Trains 

In the 1850s, thousands of homeless children roamed New York City streets in search of food and shelter. The Children's Aid Society sent the children on trains to rural areas, where families would take in the orphans.

Writer:

Edward Gray
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Stacy Keach ... Himself - Narrator
Charles Loring Brace IV Charles Loring Brace IV ... Voice Actor - multiple roles
Matt Carlson Matt Carlson ... Voice Actor - multiple roles
Dan Desmond Dan Desmond ... Voice Actor - multiple roles
Moira Driscoll ... Voice Actor - multiple roles
Anthony Fusco ... Voice Actor - multiple roles
Susan Gordon-Clark Susan Gordon-Clark ... Voice Actor - multiple roles
Rachel Miner ... Voice Actor - multiple roles
Amber Scott ... Voice Actor - multiple roles
Larry Keith Larry Keith ... Singer
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In the 1850s, thousands of homeless children roamed New York City streets in search of food and shelter. The Children's Aid Society sent the children on trains to rural areas, where families would take in the orphans.

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

WGBH See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Keep some Kleenex handy when you watch this one...
1 December 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film was about the work of the Children's Aid Society--a group from New York that placed orphans and destitute kids in homes across America for about 75 years starting in the mid-1800s. Much of the film consists of kids who were placed by this organization and they tell their stories. MANY of them are sad but many more are very positive and very touching. These stories, combined with VERY evocative music, cannot help but pack an emotional wallop. In fact, I really do recommend you have some Kleenex handy--as this film is sure to touch you.

A few of the more memorable stories that you should look for is the funny one about the kid who bit and kicked the person that wanted to adopt him--and how this turned out great! I also was quite touched by the man talking about the boy he adopted (the guy must have been 90-100 in the interview)--such tenderness and compassion. All in all, a very well made and sweet film. Well worth seeing.


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