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The Mayor from Ireland (1912)

At the Kerry dance along the roadside, Bridget flaunts Shamus Foley and accepts the proposal of Terry Donovan. Shamus becomes embittered and leaves for America where he meets with success. ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Olcott

Writer:

Gene Gauntier
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Cast

Cast overview:
J.J. Clark ... Terry Donovan (as Jack J. Clark)
J.P. McGowan ... Shamus Foley
Gene Gauntier ... Bridget Donovan
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At the Kerry dance along the roadside, Bridget flaunts Shamus Foley and accepts the proposal of Terry Donovan. Shamus becomes embittered and leaves for America where he meets with success. Terry and Bridget are married and when they read of Shamus' good fortune in America they decide to visit the new world. By selling their belongings they secure steerage passage and arriving in New York, they locate in an east side tenement. Terry finds that it is no easy matter to secure employment and he therefore determines to seek aid of his old rival, Shamus, who is now a political boss and an influential character. But Shamus scoffs at the unfortunate Terry and holds him up to ridicule. Downhearted, Terry sits on a park bench and the way opens for him to render a service to a passing capitalist, As a result his new friend secures employment for Terry and in later months the young man becomes a prosperous contractor. By untiring labor and judicious investments Terry becomes well-to-do and is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaufort, County Kerry, Ireland

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kalem Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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As usual in Kalem Irish pictures, these scenes are lovely
6 April 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

There is nothing that so criticizes the majority of pictures as the few that, like this, are very well produced. It is not a great or a deeply significant offering, but its story is freshly entertaining and human, and it is both naturally and sincerely acted and smoothly and clearly told. Consequently our attention is captured and held from the start. It is a story of Ireland and America. The early scenes show us glimpses of farming life in the old country and the beginning of a love story. As usual in Kalem Irish pictures, these scenes are lovely. We have in them a happy couple and an unsuccessful lover who goes away to America. A few years pass and the young couple, hearing of the success of their fellow townsman, decide to emigrate also. They sell their cow to buy tickets. All through the story we find these truthful, homely incidents that are not necessary to making the story clear, but add much to its interest. In America the man and wife find hard luck. The wife gets sick, and the husband applies for work to his rival, the successful contractor, and is insulted. Yet in time he becomes successful and is elected mayor in a campaign against his rival. The picture's quality comes partly from the care used in arranging the scenes so that it is an organic whole and seems to grow, and partly from the acting which makes the characters seem real. We think it one of Director Sid Olcott's best productions. The girl is played by Gene Gauntier in her usual distinguished style. Jack Clark plays her husband, and J.P. McGowan the other man. An unusually desirable offering. - The Moving Picture World, December 14, 1912


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