Little Eva Ascends (1922)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Showbiz Comedy  |  
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This comedy was based -- as many silent films were -- on a Saturday Evening Post story. Blanche St. George (Eunice Van Moore) has a repertory company that performs Uncle Tom's Cabin in every tiny hamlet they can manage to reach. Two of her star players are her sons, John (Benjamin Haggerty), who plays Uncle Tom, and Roy (Gareth Hughes), who at 16, balks at the fact that he's still playing Little Eva -- especially since his girl lives in the next town. The troupe registers at the only hotel around, and Blanche is horrified to discover that the proprietor, Mr. Wilson (Edward Martindel), is her ex-husband. John, who has not seen his father since he was very little, confides in him and confesses that both he and his brother hate the theatrical life. They're stuck with it, however, until their mother makes enough money to buy the hometown opera house. Wilson offers to help. The show that night is a complete disaster. Just as Eva is about to ascend, a jeer from the crowd infuriates Roy and he tears off his wig. Then he catches his robe in the scenery and knocks the backdrop down. He immediately takes off for Wilson's farm. Wilson gives his wife the money to buy the opera house, providing she let him have the boys. She agrees, and John and Roy have a much happier life with their father.

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ex-husband, mother, opera-house, parent/child-relationship, son, theater, theater-troupe