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His Mother's Shroud (1912)

A poor old widowed mother is deserted by her son. She feels the breath of death whispering to her his last call. Her son, who has joined the army, is arrested for stealing from his ... See full summary »
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A poor old widowed mother is deserted by her son. She feels the breath of death whispering to her his last call. Her son, who has joined the army, is arrested for stealing from his companions and kills the guard in escaping from imprisonment, He is pursued and flees to his mother's house. He demands money from her. She cannot grant his request and he searches the hut until he finds her treasured winding sheet. He leaves to pawn it. At the pawn shop he discovers the note which his mother has pinned on it, requesting that it be used in the burial of her body. He is conscience-stricken and rushes back to return it to his mother. In the meantime, the soldiers have learned of his whereabouts and have broken into his mother's home. She hides behind an old curtain, and the soldiers, supposing it is the son, raise their rifles. The son rushes in between his mother and the discharging guns. Both are killed. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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26 March 1912 (USA)  »

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The glorious acting of Mrs. Maurice as the ragged, despairing, starving mother
22 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

A haunting picture of Russian peasants; it deals with terrible things, degradation, poverty and crime, realistically and truthfully (for the most part). It has, however, a vitality that stimulates intellectually, if not morally, but it is very gloomy. We saw it on Broadway with the crowd going home from a day's work (6 p.m.) and, while we admired it, we agreed with one spectator who told us that it wasn't worth a continental as a show. We also saw it the first thing next morning on Union Square and were enthusiastic; the whole house seemed to be. It must have been written by someone who knew conditions in Russia and must have been produced by someone who, at least, had made a careful study of them. As a story, it certainly would have dragged through the middle half, had it not been for the glorious acting of Mrs. Maurice as the ragged, despairing, starving mother of the son who is in the army and proves himself a thief and murderer. If there is something in it depressing, there is also something magnificent. If we lived under such conditions, we fear we wouldn't show up as big as this old mother does, nor, perhaps, even as her brutal offspring. It is a big, strong picture, a fine offering for the right audience. It edifies more than entertains. - The Moving Picture World, April 13, 1912


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