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What Shall We Do with Our Old? (1911)

An elderly carpenter is told by a doctor that his wife is seriously ill. Soon afterwards, an insensitive shop foreman lays him off from his job because of his age. Unable to find work, and ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
W. Chrystie Miller ... The Old Carpenter
Claire McDowell ... The Old Carpenter's Wife
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... The Doctor
George Nichols ... The Judge
Francis J. Grandon ... The Policeman
Wilfred Lucas ... Violent Jailbird
Elmer Booth ... Violent Jailbird's Victim
Vivian Prescott ... Prostitute on Witness Stand
Donald Crisp ... Night Court Bailiff
Guy Hedlund ... Young Carpenter in Shop / In Court
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... In Shop
Edward Dillon ... In Shop
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... In Shop / In Jail
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... In Court
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... In Court
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An elderly carpenter is told by a doctor that his wife is seriously ill. Soon afterwards, an insensitive shop foreman lays him off from his job because of his age. Unable to find work, and with his wife's condition getting worse, he soon becomes desperate. Written by Snow Leopard

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old age | social issues | See All (2) »

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1911 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Что нам делать с нашими стариками? See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Title Card: Impossible to obtain employment at his age. Later his savings exhausted, starvation promises to be their lot.
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Alternate Versions

The original version is supposed to have some exterior shots films on location at Fort Lee. As of 1975, when Blackhawk Films restored the film, these exteriors had been lost. The Blackhawk films release has some pre-movie titling explaining this lost footage. See more »

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A Short Drama That Makes Its Point
20 August 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This short drama makes its point rather well despite working under the cinematic limitations of the time. While it may seem a little melodramatic, it would likely have been completely believable in 1911, and the general concerns of the elderly probably have not changed all that much despite the existence of more government programs than they had in Griffith's time. There is also a title card stating that the story was based on actual occurrences.

The lead character is an aging carpenter who is suddenly faced with some serious problems, and the actor portraying him does a good job. It also has a pretty effective final shot that you might remember for a while.


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