Every Mother's Son (1918)

Drama | 1 December 1918

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HISTORY

This film was originally entitled Eighteen to Forty-Five . MPN credits Anthony Paul Kelly with the scenario for Eighteen to Forty-Five . According to a news item, William Fox originally intended to show the film as a special road attraction, but the influenza epidemic interfered with his ... More Less

This film was originally entitled Eighteen to Forty-Five . MPN credits Anthony Paul Kelly with the scenario for Eighteen to Forty-Five . According to a news item, William Fox originally intended to show the film as a special road attraction, but the influenza epidemic interfered with his plan. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
30 Nov 18
p. 2025.
ETR
7 Dec 18
p. 52.
ETR
28 Dec 18
p. 343.
MPN
6 Jul 18
p. 113.
MPW
4 Jan 19
p. 114, 117
Wid's
5 Jan 19
pp. 21-22.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Eighteen to Forty-Five
Release Date:
1 December 1918
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
15 December 1918
Copyright Number:
LP13200
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When the United States enters World War I, a mother sends her two eldest sons off to the battlefields with a smile, although her heart is breaking. She soon learns that the eldest is missing and the second son is wounded, however, and resolves to keep her youngest at home. The boy, due to the influence of pacifist literature, willingly accompanies his mother on a secret journey to their seaside home, but the father, ashamed that his son is a "slacker," discovers their whereabouts. The three are in the midst of a heated argument when the pitiful survivors of a ship destroyed offshore by a German U-boat come to the house seeking refuge. The mother and son realize the importance of the cause and the son enlists. At Christmas, all three sons come home, the eldest accompanied by his new French ... +


When the United States enters World War I, a mother sends her two eldest sons off to the battlefields with a smile, although her heart is breaking. She soon learns that the eldest is missing and the second son is wounded, however, and resolves to keep her youngest at home. The boy, due to the influence of pacifist literature, willingly accompanies his mother on a secret journey to their seaside home, but the father, ashamed that his son is a "slacker," discovers their whereabouts. The three are in the midst of a heated argument when the pitiful survivors of a ship destroyed offshore by a German U-boat come to the house seeking refuge. The mother and son realize the importance of the cause and the son enlists. At Christmas, all three sons come home, the eldest accompanied by his new French bride. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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