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TitleHIS MOTHER
Production companyKalem Co
Country of originUSA
ProducerOLCOTT, Sidney
DirectorOLCOTT, Sidney
PhotographyHOLLISTER, George
CastJack J Clark (Terence, the violinist), Anna dark (Terence's mother),
J P McGowan (John Foster, an American banker). Gene Gauntier (Foster's
daughter), Alice Hollister, Arthur Donaldson.
Colourb&w
Soundsil
Footage1000
Release date1912
SummaryA party of Americans who are visiting the Lakes of Killamey hear music coming from a nearby cottage. On investigation they discover a young man, Terence, playing the violin and sitting by the fire and in rapt attention is his mother. One of the tourists, banker John Foster, recognises Terence as a musical genius and gives him his card, telling him that if he ever goes to America to visit him at his office. For months afterwards Terence dreams of a musical career in the USA. To satisfy his desire, his mother gives up her life savings to pay for his passage. Arriving in America, Terence finds Foster's office and tells him of his ambition. Within a year Terence is a success, but he rarely thinks of his mother in Killamey. In despair at not receiving news of her son, Terence's mother confides in the parish priest who readily helps her to go in search of her son. Arriving in New York, she learns that Terence is to play that night at the Opera House. Buying her ticket, she climbs to the dizzy heights of the gallery and listens enraptured to her son's performance. One of the stage hands offers to take her to Terence's home. Arriving at the house, the butler refuses to let them in, but the burly stage hand forces his way in and insists that Terence be told of his mother's arrival. Although surrounded by a party of friends, when he hears his mother's voice Terence rushes to the anteroom and embraces her. He brings her into the room, where he presents her to his friends, telling them of the self sacrifice that made it possible for him to achieve his success. (Adapted from Kalem Kalender 5/1/1912:5).
NoteUSA Rel 26/1/1912. Filmed in Ireland and USA.
ReferenceKalem Kalender 5/1/1912:5,12-13; MPST/1/1912:66-72.
Format35mm
LanguageEnglish
Production creditsp.c: Kalem Co, p/d: Sidney Olcott, c: George Hollister.
Genre/CategoryShort Film Drama
KeywordsIrish America
Migration
Musicians
Violinists
Sons
Mothers

Contact: irishfilm@tcd.ie | Last updated: Aug 13 2019.