The Old Fisherman's Story (1914)

The old fisherman had two sons. Ben was a strong, finely developed fellow, but Ned, his hunchbacked brother, never envied him, until both fell in love with Mary Cresswood, and she chose Ben... See full summary »

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John B. O'Brien
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Cast overview:
Spottiswoode Aitken ... The Old Fisherman
Raoul Walsh ... Ben (as Raoul A. Walsh)
Jack Conway ... Ned
Mary Alden ... The Gypsy
Seena Owen ... Mary Cresswood (as Signe Auen)
Arthur Maude
Lucille Browne Lucille Browne
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The old fisherman had two sons. Ben was a strong, finely developed fellow, but Ned, his hunchbacked brother, never envied him, until both fell in love with Mary Cresswood, and she chose Ben. With the birth of Ben's and Mary's child, however, the enmity between the brothers ceased. Not long after this, Ben becomes infatuated with a gypsy and agrees to join her camp. Ned, with the help of his father, gets Ben out on the open sea in a small boat, hoping thus to imprison him until the gypsies shall have gone. A storm comes up, and in a quarrel which ensues, the boat is overturned and Ned is swept away. Ben reaches a point of rock where his brother is clinging, but the deformed boy has only a few moments left to live. Before he dies he wins Ben's promise to be faithful to his wife and child. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1914 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A fair claim to artistic development
4 July 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

In this two reel production an acceptable picture has been manufactured out of a very spare story. The picture would by no means stand out as a masterpiece, and the constantly recurring scenes where the sightseers listen to the old man's recitation of the story of his hunchback son Wed, become somewhat tiresome, but the remainder of the picture has a fair claim to artistic development. Spottiswoode Aitken plays well the rather trying role of the old fisherman reciting his story. Jack Conway gives an excellent interpretation of the role of Ned, and Raoul Walsh as the weaker vessel, Ben, brother of Ned, who leaves his wife and child for a gypsy maid, is all that could be desired. And last, but not least, comes Mary Alden, whose conception of the "Gipsy Devil" is what would be expected of so fine an actress. - The Moving Picture World, January 9, 1915


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