Over the Hill to the Poorhouse (1920)

Drama | 17 September 1920

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HISTORY

This film was copyrighted under this title and also under the title Over the Hill , apparently to prevent any infringement upon the poems on which it was based. Fox produced a film based on the same source in 1931 entitled Over the Hill , which was directed by Henry King and starred Mae Marsh and James ... More Less

This film was copyrighted under this title and also under the title Over the Hill , apparently to prevent any infringement upon the poems on which it was based. Fox produced a film based on the same source in 1931 entitled Over the Hill , which was directed by Henry King and starred Mae Marsh and James Kirkwood. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
2 Oct 20
p. 2.
MPN
2 Oct 20
p. 2703.
MPN
20 Nov 20
p. 3924.
MPW
5 Feb 21
p. 668.
New York Times
18 Sep 20
p. 16.
Wid's
26 Sep 20
p. 4.
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 September 1920
Copyright Claimants:
William Fox William Fox
Copyright Dates:
26 September 1920 26 September 1920
Copyright Numbers:
LP15624 LP15753
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,800
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ma Benton slaves for her six children while her husband leads a shiftless life. Her son John is the black sheep of the family in whom only Ma and his sweetheart Isabella Strong have faith. Twenty years pass, and all of the Benton children have drifted away except John, who discovers that his father is implicated in a horse-stealing ring. Fearful that the knowledge of his father's involvement might kill his mother, John assumes the guilt for his father's misdeeds and is sent to prison. Once freed, John decides to travel West to make his fortune and sends money home to his brother Isaac for his mother's support, his father having since died. Isaac, however, appropriates the money for himself, and Ma seeks refuge in the poorhouse. John returns, punishes Isaac and restores the old homestead where he, Isabella and his mother reconstitute the ... +


Ma Benton slaves for her six children while her husband leads a shiftless life. Her son John is the black sheep of the family in whom only Ma and his sweetheart Isabella Strong have faith. Twenty years pass, and all of the Benton children have drifted away except John, who discovers that his father is implicated in a horse-stealing ring. Fearful that the knowledge of his father's involvement might kill his mother, John assumes the guilt for his father's misdeeds and is sent to prison. Once freed, John decides to travel West to make his fortune and sends money home to his brother Isaac for his mother's support, his father having since died. Isaac, however, appropriates the money for himself, and Ma seeks refuge in the poorhouse. John returns, punishes Isaac and restores the old homestead where he, Isabella and his mother reconstitute the family. +

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