Pilgrimage / Born Reckless (Double Feature)
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Pilgrimage turned out to be a delight. It might be considered corny by a modern audience, but I like old movies. The plot is simple. A hard and domineering woman Mrs. Jessop sends her only son to war, viewing it as a better alternative to having her son marry the girl he loves. The son is killed in France and the mother in her hard and seemingly unfeeling way shuts herself off and doesn't allow herself to mourn or grieve publicly or even privately. The opportunity arises where a large number of gold star mothers are given the chance to visit their sons graves in France. The mothers are an odd yet interesting mix and seemingly united in their grief even ten years after WWI has ended. A series of circumstances awakens Mrs. Jessop's maternal instinct and grief and she comes to realize how wrong her actions were. She returns home and reconciles with her son's girlfriend and her now 10 year old grandson.
Henrietta Crosman plays the Mrs. Jessop role. I wasn't familiar with her. Apparently she was a long term stage actress who only appeared in a few films. Too bad that she didn't do more films because she was terrific.
Pilgrimage has been remastered beautifully and is an easy movie to watch.
The second film Born Reckless stared Edmund Lowe. The only common element between this film and Pilgrimage is a WWI theme. A petty criminal/mobster is given the alternative to a jail term. He can enlist in the army and fight overseas. This will either build his character or send him home in a box. He returns a war hero and continues his career as petty crook.
Born Reckless is a bizarre film. It is inconsistent.Read more ›
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Not to be confused with the dull 1937 film Born Reckless starring Brian Donlevy and Rochelle Hudson about taxi cabs.Published 17 months ago by Bartok Kinski
Two very early John Ford talkies, '30 and '33 respectively; Born Reckless is a dated gangster flick but Pilgrimage is a beautifully wrought tale of redemption for a hardbitten old... Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by Classics Collector
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