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Discontent (1916)

An aging veteran, tired of his life in the veterans' home, decides to move in with his wealthy uncle.

Directors:

Allen G. Siegler (as Allen Siegler), Lois Weber

Writers:

Lois Weber (screenplay), Lois Weber (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
J. Edwin Brown J. Edwin Brown ... Pearson
Charles Hammond Charles Hammond ... Pearson's Nephew
Katherine Griffith Katherine Griffith ... The Nephew's Wife
Marie Walcamp Marie Walcamp ... The Nephew's Daughter
A.D. Blake A.D. Blake ... The Nephew's Son (as Alva Blake)
John R. Hope John R. Hope ... The Son's Friend
Juan de la Cruz Juan de la Cruz ... Juan
Doc Crane Doc Crane
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An aging veteran, tired of his life in the veterans' home, decides to move in with his wealthy uncle.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1916 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Entertaining Civil War - Family Drama
26 May 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Discontent (1916)

*** (out of 4)

This early film from Universal deals with Civil War veteran Pearson (J. Edwin Brown), a man living at a vet home but he's not overly happy there. He's constantly bragging about his millionaire nephew and he eventually gets to go live with him. At first all seems well but it doesn't take long for Pearson to grow tired of the place and he begins to cause trouble.

Lois Weber will always be best remembered for her great film SUSPENSE but she made a lot of other good ones and that includes this film. At 25-minutes I thought the film did run on a bit too long but at the same time there are some nice performances here and it's certainly a well-made picture. At times I wasn't sure if the film was trying to be a comedy or a drama but in the end I think it mixed both elements quite nicely. To me the highlight of hte film was the performance by Brown who was quite good playing the vet who's just never happy.

Of course, this film was made a year after D.W. Griffith's THE BIRTH OF A NATION so I'm sure its use of the Civil War had a slight influence on this picture.


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