Mother o' Mine (1921 film)

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Mother o' Mine
Mother o' Mine (1921).jpg
Film still with Betty Ross Clarke, Lloyd Hughes, Claire McDowell
Directed by Fred Niblo
Written by C. Gardner Sullivan
Based on“The Octopus”
by Charles Belmont Davis
Produced by Thomas H. Ince
Starring Lloyd Hughes
Betty Ross Clarke
Cinematography Henry Sharp
Distributed by Associated Producers
Release date
  • June 5, 1921 (1921-06-05)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Mother o' Mine is a 1921 American silent drama film that was directed by Fred Niblo. [1] It written by C. Gardner Sullivan based on the short story "The Octopus" by Charles Belmont Davis. [2] A complete print of the film exists in the Library of Congress as well as its trailer. [3] [4]



As described in a film publication, [5] several years earlier Mrs. Sheldon (McDowell) had been deserted by her husband. She brought up her son Robert (Hughes) in the belief that his father was dead. His desire to make good in the city leads his mother to send him to his father, Willard Thatcher (Kilgour). Unknown to him, Robert is now working for his own father, and all goes well until he learns of his father's nefarious financial schemes. They end up fighting, and Willard tells Robert that while he is married to his mother, Robert is not his son. Willard is accidentally killed, and on the evidence of Fan Baxter (Blythe), Willard's woman, Robert is condemned. A last minute forced confession from Fan by Robert's mother saves the day.


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  1. The Octopus. "Mother o' Mine". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times . Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2008.
  2. Progressive Silent Film List: Mother o' Mine at
  3. "Mother o' Mine". American Silent Feature Film Survival Database. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  4. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, (<-book title) p.120 c.1978 by The American Film Institute
  5. "Mother o' Mine: Mother Love Theme Does Not Cover Sordid Happenings of Later Reels". Film Daily. New York City: Wyd's Films and Film Folks, Inc. 16 (65): 6. June 5, 1921. Retrieved March 26, 2014.