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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
12 Dec 14
p. 828.
MPN
9 Jan 15
p. 57, 89
MPW
31 Oct 14
p. 715.
MPW
23 Jan 21
p. 72.
MPW
26 Dec 14
p. 1748.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT

NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 November 1914
Copyright Claimant:
Cosmos Feature Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 November 1914
Copyright Number:
LP3804
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

New England farmers Martha and Jacob Landers' spoiled son Joseph is bored by rural life and so runs away to the city. To cover heavy debts that Joseph has incurred, Jacob mortgages the farm, then dies, leaving Martha penniless and unable to save their land from foreclosure. She writes to Joseph, now a prosperous businessman, but he ignores her letters. When she visits him, he sends her away, ashamed of her appeareance, and tells Elsie, the socialite with whom he is in love, that his mother is dead. Unknown to Joseph, Martha has become a cleaning woman in Joseph's office building, and is befriended by Elsie. One Christmas, after Joseph and Elsie are married, Martha becomes ill. Elsie visits her, and under the pretext of taking her for a drive, brings the old woman to her estate. Shocked by Martha's sudden appearance, Joseph exclaims, "Mother!" Elsie, now realizing her husband's deception, plans to leave him, but Martha intercedes and the family is ... +


New England farmers Martha and Jacob Landers' spoiled son Joseph is bored by rural life and so runs away to the city. To cover heavy debts that Joseph has incurred, Jacob mortgages the farm, then dies, leaving Martha penniless and unable to save their land from foreclosure. She writes to Joseph, now a prosperous businessman, but he ignores her letters. When she visits him, he sends her away, ashamed of her appeareance, and tells Elsie, the socialite with whom he is in love, that his mother is dead. Unknown to Joseph, Martha has become a cleaning woman in Joseph's office building, and is befriended by Elsie. One Christmas, after Joseph and Elsie are married, Martha becomes ill. Elsie visits her, and under the pretext of taking her for a drive, brings the old woman to her estate. Shocked by Martha's sudden appearance, Joseph exclaims, "Mother!" Elsie, now realizing her husband's deception, plans to leave him, but Martha intercedes and the family is reconciled. +

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