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The Lad From Old Ireland

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Category:
Irish Culture, Entertainment, Short Film
Producer:
The Kalem Film Company of America
Duration:
12mins 24secs
Year:

1910
Language:
Silent w/ Eng Intertitles
Technical:
4:3, 35mm, B&W

Terry (Sidney Olcott) , a poor Irish farmer, dreams of a better life and is tired of working the land. He decides to head west to build a better, more prosperous future in the USA.

He bids farewell to his darling Aileen (Gene Gauntier) but promises he will return to her some day when he has made his fortune.  In New York he finds work on a building site and quickly establishes himself in New York society until he eventually enters politics and becomes the mayor of the city’s Tammany Hall. Meanwhile, Aileen pines for him and, with little money left to her name, is soon to face eviction. Terry is faced with a decision – to forfeit all he has achieved in America or return home and help his beloved in her hour of need.

With sequences filmed in Ireland and in the United States (and indeed on board ship in between), this film is widely acknowledged as the first film ever made on two continents and is also regarded as the first  film made by and American production company outside the USA.

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