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  Belle Bennett and Victor McLaglen.
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
Mother Machree
(1928) American
B&W : [?] Seven or Eight? reels / 6807 feet
Directed by John Ford

Cast: Belle Bennett [Ellen McHugh], Neil Hamilton [Brian McHugh / Brian van Studdiford], Philippe de Lacy [Brian McHugh, as child], Pat Somerset [Robert De Puyster], Victor McLaglen [Terence O’Dowd], Ted McNamara [Harpist of Wexford], John MacSweeney [Irish priest], Eulalie Jensen [Rachel van Studdiford], Constance Howard [Edith Cutting], Ethel Clayton [Mrs. Cutting], William Platt [Pips], Jacques Rollens [Signor Bellini], Rodney Hildebrand [Brian McHugh Sr.], Joyce Wirard [Edith Cutting, as child], Robert Parrish [child], John Wayne

Fox Film Corporation production; distributed by Fox Film Corporation. / Scenario by Gertrude Orr, from the short story The Story of Mother Machree by Rita Johnson Young. Assistant director, Edward O’Fearna. Cinematography by Chester Lyons. Intertitles by Katharine Hilliker and H.H. Caldwell. Edited by Katharine Hilliker and H.H. Caldwell. Music score by S.L. Rothafel and Erno Rapee. Presented by William Fox. / © 12 June 1927 by Fox Film Corporation [LP24071]. [?] Previewed? 22 January 1928. Premiered on 5 March 1928 at the Globe Theatre in New York, New York. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was shot in September 1926. John Wayne’s appearance is unbilled, and is reputed to also have worked as a prop assistant. The film was rereleased 21 October 1928 with a Movietone synchronized music and sound effects soundtrack. / Silent film.

Drama: Society.

Survival status: Incomplete prints exist (reels one, two and five) in the Library of Congress film archive; and in the UCLA Film and Television Archive film archive (reels two, five and seven); reels three, four and six are presumed lost.

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Irish - Synchronized sound film

Listing updated: 20 September 2008.

References: Best-Those pp. 56, 60; Gallagher-Ford pp. 36, 47, 49, 54, 56, 58; McGhee-Wayne p. 315; Sinclair-Ford pp. 39, 238 : Website-AFI.

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