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Because the facility where this film was made was commonly called the Reliance-Majestic studio, some sources have referred to the production company's name as "Reliance-Majestic." The film opened on 4 May 1914 at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles. Some souces list it as five reels in length. According to an ad, F. A. Turner and W. E. Lawrence were in the film.
       According to NYDM, "This wonderful reel will be available at $10 a day to exhibitors in towns of less than 10,000 and at $20 a day in larger cities." Motography cited Home, Sweet Home as the first film ever to assemble an "all-star" cast. Modern sources credit Howard Gaye as an additional cast member, James Smith and Rose Richtel with editing, Karl Brown as assistant cameraman, and Ralph DeLacy as the property man. Modern sources noted that the real John Howard Payne was denied authorship and royalty to the song "Home, Sweet Home" and was homeless and penniless for most of his later years. ...

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Because the facility where this film was made was commonly called the Reliance-Majestic studio, some sources have referred to the production company's name as "Reliance-Majestic." The film opened on 4 May 1914 at Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles. Some souces list it as five reels in length. According to an ad, F. A. Turner and W. E. Lawrence were in the film.
       According to NYDM, "This wonderful reel will be available at $10 a day to exhibitors in towns of less than 10,000 and at $20 a day in larger cities." Motography cited Home, Sweet Home as the first film ever to assemble an "all-star" cast. Modern sources credit Howard Gaye as an additional cast member, James Smith and Rose Richtel with editing, Karl Brown as assistant cameraman, and Ralph DeLacy as the property man. Modern sources noted that the real John Howard Payne was denied authorship and royalty to the song "Home, Sweet Home" and was homeless and penniless for most of his later years.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motography
4 Apr 1914
p. 238
Motography
2 May 1914
p. 318
Moving Picture World
30 May 1914
pp. 1234-35, 1312
Moving Picture World
26 Sep 1914
p. 1828
NYDM
18 Mar 1914
p. 30
NYDM
20 May 1914
p. 32
Variety
22 May 1914
p. 22
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LITERARY
Inspired by the song "Home, Sweet Home," words by John Howard Payne, music based on "Sicilian Air," arranged by Sir Henry Rowley Bishop (1823).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
May 1914
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 4 May 1914
Production Date:

Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Over the protests of his mother and sweetheart, writer John Howard Payne leaves home seeking adventure. In England, he becomes involved with The Worldly Woman who rebukes him after he returns penniless from debtors' prison. He travels to France and then Tunis, where he dies, leaving only the song "Home, Sweet Home" as his legacy. In another story, Apple Pie Mary, a cook in a mining camp, loves a young man who goes East to marry a wealthy woman. He hears the song, however, and returns to Mary. The next story concerns a widow with three sons. When one son kills another over money, the grief-stricken widow wants to commit suicide, but she hears the song and decides to live for the sake of her third son. The final story involves a young wife who plans to leave her older husband for a younger man. As she hears the melody played by a violinist in another apartment, she decides to stay with her husband and the two raise a family. Finally, Payne is seen in a pit, imprisoned by Lust and Greed. His sweetheart appears as an angel in the sky and Payne is finally free to join her because of the good that has resulted from "Home, Sweet ...

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Over the protests of his mother and sweetheart, writer John Howard Payne leaves home seeking adventure. In England, he becomes involved with The Worldly Woman who rebukes him after he returns penniless from debtors' prison. He travels to France and then Tunis, where he dies, leaving only the song "Home, Sweet Home" as his legacy. In another story, Apple Pie Mary, a cook in a mining camp, loves a young man who goes East to marry a wealthy woman. He hears the song, however, and returns to Mary. The next story concerns a widow with three sons. When one son kills another over money, the grief-stricken widow wants to commit suicide, but she hears the song and decides to live for the sake of her third son. The final story involves a young wife who plans to leave her older husband for a younger man. As she hears the melody played by a violinist in another apartment, she decides to stay with her husband and the two raise a family. Finally, Payne is seen in a pit, imprisoned by Lust and Greed. His sweetheart appears as an angel in the sky and Payne is finally free to join her because of the good that has resulted from "Home, Sweet Home."

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