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YOU REMEMBER ELLEN (1912)

Production company: Kalem Co.
Country of origin: USA
Producer/director: Sidney Olcott.
Script/adaptation: Gene Gauntier from the poem ‘You Remember Ellen’ by Thomas Moore.
Photography: George Hollister.
Locations: Killarney and surrounding area, Co. Kerry.
Black and white; silent; length: 1,000/1,028 feet; format: 35mm.
USA release, USA release 4 March 1912; GB release 21 April 1912.
Copy: George Eastman House; Pacific Film Archive; Irish Film Archive.
Cast: Gene Gauntier (Ellen), Jack Clark (William, Lord of Rosna Hall), Alice Hollister.

Summary A young aristocrat, William, disguised as a peasant, meets a young countrywoman, Ellen. They fall in love and marry, but they leave her area to seek their fortune elsewhere. Eventually, they come to a mansion and to her surprise it transpires that he is Lord and now she is Lady of Rosna Hall.

Note: The quotations marks are included in the extant film’s title, thus directly quoting Thomas Moore’s title, and its intertitles are composed of selected verses from Moore’s poem, as Herbert Reynolds points out. The Kalem Kalender,12 February 1912:9, reprints Moore’s poem. This film is often referred to in secondary sources as ‘You'll [sic] Remember Ellen’, while Liam O’Laoghaire, Invitation to the Film, 1945:155, gives as the source ‘The Mayor of Ireland’, a title which is not to be found amongst ‘complete’ editions of Thomas Moore’s poetry consulted.
References: Bioscope, 11 April 1912:xxiii; Kalem Kalender, 12 February 1912:6-7, 9; Motion Picture World, 2 March 1912:796.

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Contact: irishfilm@tcd.ie | Last updated: Nov 09 2011.