Let Us Smooth the Way (1911)

David and Martha Waldon had reached the evening of life; yet despite the fact that David had worked steadily as head draughtsman for over thirty years, they were still practically penniless... See full summary »

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Tom Ricketts
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Cast

Credited cast:
Russell Bassett ... David Waldon - the Husband
Gertrude Claire ... Martha Waldon - the Wife
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David and Martha Waldon had reached the evening of life; yet despite the fact that David had worked steadily as head draughtsman for over thirty years, they were still practically penniless. This was partly due to the couple's philanthropy and to Martha's ill health. Had not the Columbia Construction Company changed hands, all might have gone well, for they generally overlooked any error that his failing sight had caused. Not so the new manager, however, and as a consequence, David was soon in search of new employment. From place to place he went, receiving always the same reply, "too old." David's none too robust health unfitted him for steady manual labor, and his eyes for the work he could do. So within a year's time, not only the little they had saved, but every piece of furniture that could be spared had gone, while Martha, without proper medical aid or nourishment, lay hovering between life and death. Almost desperate, David snatched up their only clock and hurried toward the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1911 (USA) See more »

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Nestor Film Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It will make no one happy
26 April 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

There is very little that is romantic in this picture of life. It is true, in the sense that it stands for a typical experience, and it's a pity that it's true. By its title we know that it's a picture with a purpose, and a more worthy purpose could hardly be found for a picture. The man has grown old in harness. He is a draftsman and he has come to the time when he needs spectacles. The management of the company he works for is changed and he loses his job. For a day or so he keeps it from his wife, hoping to find other work. The picture takes him the whole way along the bitter path to his wife's death and beyond to the poorhouse. It isn't entertainment, but there are times when something else is more desirable. Everyone must look forward to old age, many with trembling. Let the people see this picture. They will, if they are human, be thankful for it, even though it will make no one happy. - The Moving Picture World, October 21, 1911


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