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An Irish mother uses her life savings to pay for her son, a talented musician, to study in America.


Sidney Olcott


Gene Gauntier




Cast overview:
J.J. Clark ... Terence (as Jack J. Clark)
Gene Gauntier ... Miss Foster - the Banker's Daughter
J.P. McGowan ... John Foster
Anna Clark ... Terence's Mother (as Mrs. Clark)
Arthur Donaldson ... The Priest


A party of Americans visiting the Lakes of Killarney. Ireland, hear the sound of sweet music coming from a nearby cottage. On investigation they find a young man playing the violin and in rapt attention his old mother sitting by the fireside. One of the tourists, John Foster, recognizing the musical genius, gives the lad, Terence, his card and tells him if he ever comes to America to call and see him at his office. For weeks and months after the tourists have paid their visit to the humble cottage Terence dreams of a musical career in the States. To gratify his desire his self-sacrificing mother surrenders her life's savings to pay the boy's passage. Arriving in America Terence locates the office of John Foster and tells of his ambition. The kind-hearted banker arranges to start the Irish boy on his career. A year later we find Terence the lion of the season, but sad to say he thinks seldom of his old mother and Killarney. The mother in despair, when no news comes from her boy, tells ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short







Release Date:

26 January 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaufort, County Kerry, Ireland

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Production Co:

Kalem Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The only surviving print of this film was discovered in the holdings of the Dutch Filmmuseum in the Netherlands. The version released on DVD by the Irish Film Institute retains the Dutch intertitles found in this print. See more »

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The old woman seemed made for her part
20 August 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The story in this film which is redolent of the auld sod is of the heart and, while it has some uncertainty in parts of it, the end proves that even successful men do not always forget. A mother in Ireland, a fine Biddie, too, gives her life savings to her son to enable him to come to America where a kind banker, who has heard him play a violin and appreciates his talent, assists him to start in a musical career. Not long after he is the rage of the season. His mother, tiring of waiting to hear from him, comes to America and goes to the concert where he plays. Later she inquires his home address from a stage hand. The man leads her to the young man's home. The genius leaves his guests and greets her. Then he takes her inside, introduces her and tells them all that it was her sacrifice. As was said at the beginning, this is a heart story which makes a favorable impression upon an audience. Miss Gene Gauntier plays the banker's daughter; Mr. Ilollister, the genius; but the old woman seemed made for her part. It is a good feature. - The Moving Picture World, February 10, 1912

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