His Mother's Shroud (1912)

Drama, Short

A poor old widowed mother is deserted by her son. She feels the breath of death whispering to her his last call. Her son, who has joined the army, is arrested for stealing from his ... See full summary »

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22 October 2016 | deickemeyer
The glorious acting of Mrs. Maurice as the ragged, despairing, starving mother
A haunting picture of Russian peasants; it deals with terrible things, degradation, poverty and crime, realistically and truthfully (for the most part). It has, however, a vitality that stimulates intellectually, if not morally, but it is very gloomy. We saw it on Broadway with the crowd going home from a day's work (6 p.m.) and, while we admired it, we agreed with one spectator who told us that it wasn't worth a continental as a show. We also saw it the first thing next morning on Union Square and were enthusiastic; the whole house seemed to be. It must have been written by someone who knew conditions in Russia and must have been produced by someone who, at least, had made a careful study of them. As a story, it certainly would have dragged through the middle half, had it not been for the glorious acting of Mrs. Maurice as the ragged, despairing, starving mother of the son who is in the army and proves himself a thief and murderer. If there is something in it depressing, there is also something magnificent. If we lived under such conditions, we fear we wouldn't show up as big as this old mother does, nor, perhaps, even as her brutal offspring. It is a big, strong picture, a fine offering for the right audience. It edifies more than entertains. - The Moving Picture World, April 13, 1912

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Drama | Short


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26 March 1912



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