12 - Refusing to Graft
Pallas Pictures Presents Dustin Farnum in "A
Son of Erin" (c) 1916
J. H. Hazelton and Dustin Farnum
DUSTIN FARNUM IN "A SON OF ERIN" (Pallas).
next release on the Paramount Program, Pallas Pictures announces "A Son
of Erin" starring Dustin Farnum. The subject is particularly timely in
that it treats with metropolitan politics and offers Dustin Farnum in
the role of an honest young Irishman who succeeds in breaking up a big
political machine. In contrast with the complex unseen currents of graft
in a big American city, "A Son of Erin" presents also the daily life of
the poor farm tenants in Ireland. The quaint charm of old Erin together
with various incidents of particular heart appeal are displayed with
typical Pallas Pictures effectiveness.
In addition to its
stirring dramatic theme, offset by scenes of heart interest, the new
Dustin Farnum vehicle presents a big thrill in the way of the
spectacular collapse of a poorly built viaduct. It was only after
extended search and negotiation that the desired location was secured
for this scene which presents the actual destruction of a portion of a
big viaduct now in the course of construction near Los Angeles. Five
camera-men were used to insure the filming of this scene.
has Dustin Farnum appeared in such a human, likable role as that of
Dennis O'Hara the frolicsome though strong-willed young Irish lad in
this photoplay. The character is different from anything in which he has
appeared on the screen before and offers another example of his
versatility. Appearing opposite the star is his well known leading lady
Winifred Kingston, in the role of the sweet Irish Lass. Others in the
cast are Jack Livingston, J. Wallace, Winfred McDonald, Wallace Pyke,
Lee Willard, Mabel Wiles and Hugh B. Koch.
Staged under the
direction of Julia Crawford Ivers, who is also its author and
photographed under the supervision of J. O. Taylor, "A Son of Erin"
offers another Pallas Pictures masterpiece as regards detail and
thoroughness of settings, together with artistic photographic effects.
It will be released on the Paramount Program, November 9.
Moving Picture World, November 4, 1916, p. 718 and
-- Motion Picture
News, November 5, 1916, p. 2842
"A SON OF ERIN"
Dustin Farnum Is Seen in a Pallas
Five-Reel Screen Play of Good Quality -- Released on the Paramount
Reviewed by Edward Weitzel.
In "A Son Of Erin",
starring Dustin Farnum, the hero realizes his ambition -- he becomes a
New Yor policeman. Having been born on the "old sod" and thus qualified
for the position, he loses no time in trying to get on the force, once
he has landed at the Battery. The author of "A Son of Erin" has aimed to
write an entertaining story about familiar phases of life, and has kept
to well-beaten paths in his choice of material.
Events open in
Ireland, Dennis O'Hara and Katie O'Grady are sweethearts. Both are poor,
and a rascally landlord adds to their troubles. Learning that the
manifest destiny of every Irish lad is to go to New York and become a
policeman, Dennis accepts his fate and sails for America, after Katie
has made a great sacrifice and paid for his passage. After considerable
trying experience the young chap passes his police examination and is
just about to send for his sweetheart when he is made the scapegoat in
graft exposure and deprived of his uniform. He goes through several more
trying experiences, in which his honesty is equal to the test, and
eventually finds himself back on the force, the gold badge of a captain
of police on his breast. Ktie, who has been having an unpleasant time at
home, with the rascally landlord, is sent for and almost overwhelmed at
the sight of Dennis in his new uniform.
In writing his scenario,
if the author of the photoplay did not have Dustin Farnum in view it was
a lucky day for him when this always reliable actor was given the part
of Dennis O'Hara. Mr. Farnum has so many engaging qualities and embodies
the character with so much manliness and so lively a sense of humor,
that he wins and holds the admiration through the entire five reels. The
story never rises to the superlative degree of merit, but is clean,
natural, and thanks to the star and his support, always entertaining.
The atmosphere of the land of St. Patrick is well sustained, but using
Los Angeles for the New York City scenes is not an absolute success.
Winifred Kingston plays Katie O'Grady effectively and makes a pretty
little colleen. Tom Bates, Jack Livingston, Wilfred McDonald, Wallace
Pyke, Lee Willard, Mabel Wiles and Hugh B. Koch are happily cast.
-- Moving Picture World, November 11, 1916
"A SON OF ERIN"
Pallas. Five Reels.
27 by Paramount
Story -- Modern comedy drama with a few scenes laid in Ireland.
Good part of the story takes place in America.
Action -- Fairly
Continuity -- Disjointed.
Suspense -- Passably holding
Detail -- Unsatisfactory.
Atmosphere -- Fair.
Photography -- Very good.
"A Son of Erin" is entirely away from
the sort of vehicle in which Dustin Farnum is wont to display his screen
talents. In the character of a young Irish policeman (an honest one,
too), he is dismissed from the force because of his refusal to collect
graft for his superiors. As foreman of a contracting company, he again
encounters the graft evil and after a series of misadventures becomes
head of a series of misadventures becoes head of a powerful reform
party. His work finally regains him a place in the police department,
but this time as the captain. Then there is the little girl in Ireland
who is waiting for Dennis to make good. Of course she comes to America,
and they live happily every after. The story is pleasing, and many
little human touches help to make it entertaining. Farnum's work is
excellent and Winnifred Greenwood makes an acceptable colleen. Barring a
few inconsistencies and some trite situations "A Son of Erin" presents
the well known star in a "different" story which should please.
Box Office Value.
For houses charging a lower
scale of prices this picture will get the money.
-- New York Clipper,
November 1, 1916, p34