The Unwelcome Mother (1916)

Drama | 3 September 1916

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HISTORY

Contemporary sources disagree on whether the character played by John Webb Dillon is named John Hudson or George ... More Less

Contemporary sources disagree on whether the character played by John Webb Dillon is named John Hudson or George Hamilton. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
16 Sep 16
pp. 672-73.
MPN
16 Sep 16
p. 1727, 1741
MPW
23 Sep 16
p. 1959.
New York Times
23 Mar 17
p. 20.
Variety
15 Sep 16
p. 25.
Wid's
7 Sep 16
p. 842.
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 September 1916
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
3 September 1916
Copyright Number:
LP9035
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ellinor, a child of the sea raised by Old Peter, a lighthouse keeper, meets and falls in love with Mason, a rough sailor, who tricks her into marrying him in a phony ceremony. Without warning, Mason leaves Ellinor, saying that he will return one day. Later, Ellinor meets Hudson, a rich widower with two grown children, and agrees to marry him. The children, however, cannot forget the memory of their dead mother and will have nothing to do with Ellinor. Hurt by their animosity, Ellinor threatens to leave but Hudson pleads with her to stay. Eventually, Ann, Hudson's oldest daughter, realizes that her father will be deeply unhappy if Ellinor leaves and, in a dramatic scene, convinces her to ... +


Ellinor, a child of the sea raised by Old Peter, a lighthouse keeper, meets and falls in love with Mason, a rough sailor, who tricks her into marrying him in a phony ceremony. Without warning, Mason leaves Ellinor, saying that he will return one day. Later, Ellinor meets Hudson, a rich widower with two grown children, and agrees to marry him. The children, however, cannot forget the memory of their dead mother and will have nothing to do with Ellinor. Hurt by their animosity, Ellinor threatens to leave but Hudson pleads with her to stay. Eventually, Ann, Hudson's oldest daughter, realizes that her father will be deeply unhappy if Ellinor leaves and, in a dramatic scene, convinces her to remain. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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