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His Mother

Irish Culture, Entertainment, Short Film
The Kalem Film Company of America
11mins 29secs

Silent w/ Ger Intertitles
4:3, 35mm, B&W

A wealthy American touristic couple happen upon a talented violinist, Terence, and his mother in a small cottage in rural Ireland. Terence grasps the opportunity and, thanks to his mother’s meagre savings, leaves his peasant roots in Ireland for the bright lights of the New York stage – but he has abandoned his poor long-suffering mother along the way.  He thrives in New York society where back home his pining mother is encouraged by the local priest to join him, and she  arrives at a concert he is playing in Carnegie Hall, finding her way to his fine society home where an emotional reunion with Terence takes place.  Like the earlier The Lad From Old Ireland, this film was also shot on two continents in rural and urban locations and aboard a transatlantic liner in between – adding visual variety and authenticity to the tale.

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