My Little Boy (1917)

Countries - USA  |  
  • AllMovie Rating
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

Share on

My Little Boy was directed by Elsie Jane Wilson, an acknowledged expert at turning out entertaining "kiddie" pictures. The two central characters are a little boy and a little girl, both of whom dream of finding true romance upon reaching adulthood. The two kids meet and swear eternal fidelity, only to be promptly separated by their self-centered guardians, notably the boy's ill-tempered uncle. Upon reaching adulthood, however, the hero and heroine defy their elders' wishes and elope. Their marriage causes a seemingly irreparable rift between the hero and his uncle, which the heroine takes great pains to repair. Tragically, the uncle accidentally kills the couple's young son in a hunting accident, whereupon the husband and wife decide that it would be best to go their separate ways. At this point, the whole plot is revealed to be a nightmare, experience by the Scroogelike uncle on a wintry Christmas eve. Immediately vowing to change his ways, the uncle embraces the boy and the girl (who are still children) and promises to let them remain friends forever. Cast in the role of the pint-sized heroine is Zoe Rae, who was evidently director Wilson's favorite child performer.