It is Christmas, 1880. Mother and father and married brother Ned and his wife and baby and Cleo, the sweetest girl in the family for other reasons than that she is the only one, and the ... See full summary »

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Lois Weber
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Lois Weber ... The Wife and Mother
Phillips Smalley ... The Husband
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It is Christmas, 1880. Mother and father and married brother Ned and his wife and baby and Cleo, the sweetest girl in the family for other reasons than that she is the only one, and the youngest son, Bert, are all gathered about the festive board. Ned tells his family he has a promising offer to go to England, and with well wishes and fond good-byes he departs. While the others laugh and chat with the Christmas gaiety of young souls, the mother draws aside and weeps for the loss of her first-born, going away, perhaps forever. But the years linger not, and with them go sorrow and pang. Comes a new Christmas, new joys, and new sorrows. It is 1890. Another bird has tried its wing; Cleo has married. After the dinner she and her husband depart. The younger son, meantime, has gone the way of many others who have faced two paths and selected the wider, and has chosen the downgrade and degradation. He leaves the house to join the fast set of whom he is one. He returns home very late, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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USA

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English

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21 December 1911 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Poor old mother
8 June 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This picture was written and acted by Miss Lois Weber, and it tells a sorrowful but true story of humanity, as it is on this little round world of ours. Let us hasten to add that, while it is typically true, in part, it is not wholly typical. We hope the whole of it is not true very often; we fear that the whole bitter disappointment and sorrow comes to more than one or two mothers of wholly selfish children. It might have been called appropriately "Mother's Christmasses." In the first scene it is Christmas. Mother's presents are a washboard, a clock, a tea pot. She was thankful; the eldest daughter hardly gave cold thanks for her pretty presents. Mother had prepared a good dinner. The eldest daughter imposed her squalling baby on poor grandmamma and let her walk back and worth while she enjoyed her feast. Following these scenes, those of other Christmases come. Mother and grandmother is always doing something for someone, and what thanks or love does she get from those precious sons and daughters and their children? As the years lengthen, as her hairs grow white, we see her, a big human heart, bravely bearing up, meeting sorrow with a smile and she gets not a word of love or sympathy. The last scene is also Christmas Day, it is entitled, "Over the Hills to the Poorhouse." Poor old mother. One feels surely that it would have appealed more widely and made a deeper impression, if that were possible, if it had been softened a bit. It is a strong picture to see and remember. Its scenes are often beautiful. - The Moving Picture World, December 30, 1911


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