The Eternal Mother (1917 film)

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The Eternal Mother
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Directed by Frank Reicher
Written by Mary Murillo (scenario)
Based onRed Horse Hill
by Sidney McCall
Produced by Metro Pictures
Starring Ethel Barrymore
Cinematography George Webber
Distributed by Metro Pictures
Release date
  • November 26, 1917 (1917-11-26)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Eternal Mother is a surviving 1917 American silent drama film directed by Frank Reicher and stars Ethel Barrymore. The picture is taken from a novel, Red Horse Hill, by Sidney McCall, an alias for Mary McNeill Fenollosa. [1]

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Plot

As described in a film magazine, [2] Maris (Barrymore) endeavors to persuade her husband Dwight Alden (Mills) to replace the children working in his mills with man and women, but Alden does not listen to his wife's pleas. One night a little girl is injured and Maris, calling on her, discovers that she is her own daughter from a previous marriage who she thought was dead. She finds that her former husband, whom she also believed to be dead, is still living. Maris returns to her home, unable to forget her little girl. When the girl runs away from her father and comes to Maris, Maris leaves Alden, explaining her reasons in a letter. Alden learns that Maris' former husband secured a divorce so that he might marry another woman. With this evidence, and after clearing his factories of child workers, Alden goes to Maris and begs her and her child to return home with him.

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References

  1. The Eternal Mother at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. "Reviews: The Eternal Mother". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (24): 26. December 8, 1917.
  3. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:The Eternal Mother