Mother and Son (1931)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Silent screen favorite Clara Kimball Young was unable to sustain her stardom in the talkie era, partly because her girlish voice was at odds with her mature, sophisticated image. Nonetheless, before she was demoted to character roles Young managed to attain top billing in the Monogram "special" Mother and Son. The story begins in 1910, when Faro Lil (Young) sets up a rowdy gambling establishment in Nevada. Two decades later, Lil is wiped out by the stock market crash. Attempting to re-establish herself, she proves an embarrassment for her snobbish son (Bruce Warren) and his society friends. Only when Lil is laid low by a bullet are mother and son tearfully reunited.

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deception, family, gambling, mother, sacrifice-for-family, son