The Man He Might Have Been (1913)

This subject tells the simple story of a boy with a longing for knowledge and the better things of life which education brings. His father, a plain man, is content with an ordinary school ... See full summary »

Director:

Ashley Miller

Writer:

James Oppenheim (story)

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Cast

Cast overview:
Barry O'Moore ... The Boy
Mabel Trunnelle ... The Boy's Sweetheart
Charles Ogle ... The Boy's Father
Elizabeth Miller Elizabeth Miller ... The Boy's Mother
Ida Williams Ida Williams ... The Sweetheart's Mother (as Mrs. C.J. Williams)
Marc McDermott ... The Principal
Bliss Milford ... The Waitress
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Storyline

This subject tells the simple story of a boy with a longing for knowledge and the better things of life which education brings. His father, a plain man, is content with an ordinary school education for the boy and puts him at work in spite of the protests of the school principal, who even offers him an opening by which the boy may work during the day and attend school at night throughout a season. Consequently the boy's natural bend towards mechanics is frustrated and he is forced into drudgery which takes the heart out of him. Throughout the picture as he grows older before our eyes, we see that he has not lost sight of the man he might have been and the things he might have done. But he travels the wrong road and goes from hopelessness to recklessness, reaping the reward of the latter in an unhappy marriage instead of winning the sweet girl whom he loved as a boy. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1913 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Edison Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A copy of this film survives at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. See more »

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