I'm Glad My Boy Grew to Be a Soldier (1915)

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Although World War I was being fought when this film was made, it would be a year and a half before the U.S. became involved. There was a lot of debate going on about preparedness, however, and this picture was basically patriotic propaganda. When war is declared, architect James Warrington (Harry DeVere) decides to leave his wife (Eugenie Besserer) and young son and enlist. Months later, his friend, Frank Archer (Guy Oliver), returns from battle, missing an arm, to tell Mrs. Warrington that her husband died a hero. Seventeen years pass and the Warrington boy, Jerry (Harry Mestayer), goes against his mother's wishes and joins up when war is once again declared. His sweetheart, Mercy (Anna Luther) -- Archer's daughter -- goes, too, as a Red Cross nurse. This time, Mercy returns to Mrs. Warrington with the bad news that her son has been killed. Mrs. Warrington is inconsolable with grief, but then she sees a vision of a fighting battleship dissolving into a threshing machine, symbolizing industry after war. For some reason, Mrs. Warrington finds comfort in this.