Old Oaken Bucket (1921)

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May Tully wrote this sentimental popular song, and she brought it to the screen herself. As a film, it doesn't have much plot -- a New York businessman (Joseph Smiley) leaves the bustle of Wall Street and heads back to the old homestead for a spell. When he looks over all the familiar country sights he remembers his boyhood. As a child (played by Bobby Connolly), he participated in all the typical activities of the era -- splashing around with his friends in the swimmin' hole, going fishing, snatching apples off the trees. And to complete the idyll, there is the childhood sweetheart, Mary. But Mary fell for a city chap and when his mother died, the boy left for the big city. Now that the boy has returned home a successful, grown man, he discovers that things didn't work out with the city guy and Mary is still available. The two end this simple, nostalgic film together.