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The Seventh Son (1912)

At the outbreak of the Civil War in the United States, the six sons of widow Beecham enlist. The seventh son is very anxious to join the army and fight for his country, but his brothers ... See full summary »

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Hal Reid

Writer:

Hal Reid
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ralph Ince ... Abraham Lincoln
Mary Maurice ... Janet Beecham, a Widow
James Morrison ... Harry Beecham, Janet's Seventh Son
Tefft Johnson ... Secretary of War Stanton
Robert Gaillard ... Tom Beecham
Earle Williams ... One of the Beecham Brothers
William R. Dunn ... One of the Beecham Brothers
Wallace Reid ... One of the Beecham Brothers
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At the outbreak of the Civil War in the United States, the six sons of widow Beecham enlist. The seventh son is very anxious to join the army and fight for his country, but his brothers insist upon his remaining home with his mother. At the "Battle of Bull Run" three of the brothers are killed. The seventh son, fired with patriotism, goes to the front, leaving his old mother alone. He distinguishes himself for bravery, saving his colonel's life during the "Battle of the Wilderness" at which three more of the widow's sons are killed. The youngest boy, his nerves shattered, flees in terror. He is brought up on charges of desertion and sentenced to death. Secretary of War Stanton receives an appeal from the boy's mother, but refuses to recommend his pardon. The widowed mother calls on the President personally. She is granted an interview. Lincoln listens with the tender sympathy for which he was noted. The bereaved mother unbosoms her overburdened soul and tells him of the six graves ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1912 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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We do not think that, this impersonation of Lincoln is as good as that in former Vitagraph pictures
25 October 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A wartime picture. A mother, played by Mrs. Maurice, is shown as giving six sons to the Union. The seventh is timid, deserts during a battle and is condemned to death. Lincoln hears the old mother's plea and gives her back the seventh son. We do not think that, this impersonation of Lincoln is as good as that in former Vitagraph pictures, especially that in "The Battle Hymn." He seems to be not thoughtful, but heavy and slow because of dullness. The makeup for this role is perfect. The audience watched the picture with its home scenes, battle scenes and White House scenes, with close attention and applauded. The photography is good. - The Moving Picture World, April 20, 1912


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