An Old Sweetheart of Mine (1911)

A nicely furnished room with the moon showing through the window, a man of middle age with slightly silvered hair, everything indicating comfort. Lighting his pipe the man settles himself ... See full summary »

Director:

Bannister Merwin

Writers:

Bannister Merwin (scenario), James Whitcomb Riley (poem)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Marc McDermott ... The Dreamer
Miriam Nesbitt ... The Old Sweetheart
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A nicely furnished room with the moon showing through the window, a man of middle age with slightly silvered hair, everything indicating comfort. Lighting his pipe the man settles himself comfortably, picking up idly an old photograph album. Soon his interest is aroused. The scene fades into the laughing face of a sweet young girl. Musing, the man goes to the window. The scene fades into the moon-lit lawn with a woman and three happy children playing and singing. Still the fascination of the old sweetheart is strong, the past rising in visions before him. The country boy and girl are seen through the curling smoke of the pipe and fireplace. The young man and young woman are in one of nature's fairest scenes. He is to be a great composer and she listens rapturously to his eloquence. But visions cannot last forever. Suddenly the man is recalled to the present as "Now my dream is broken by a step upon the stair, and the door is softly opened and, my wife is standing there." With her back... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1911 (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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This last scene is really much more effective than the dream pictures
11 May 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The object of this picture is to tell a love story of a boy and girl as memory brings back the scenes out of long ago to a middle aged man of family. Mark McDermott plays the dreamer, and as he sits before his blazing logs he sees these pretty dream-pictures as framed in his fireplace. The youth and his sweetheart are shown growing up together from childhood. Instead of singing with slides, the man is merely dreaming with motion picture slides. The man's wife comes in and interrupts his dreaming. This last scene is really much more effective than the dream pictures, fine as they are. The audience applauded it and seemed to like it very much. - The Moving Picture World, November 4, 1911


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