Fun Size Review: The Lad from Old Ireland (1910)

What do you do to set your movie apart in a crowded market? If you worked for Kalem, you went overseas! This film is significant as it is believed to be the first fiction film shot in Ireland. The local color elevates this immigrant melodrama and makes it a must-see for history nerds.

This is also a rare chance to see leading lady and screenwriter Gene Gauntier in action. A trailblazing producer as well as actress and writer, Gauntier’s work is pretty rare on home video, so take this chance to be charmed by her.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Gauntier is threatened with eviction when her sweetheart, director Sidney Olcott, returns from America to save the day.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: A Farm-Fresh Apple Fritter. Not the most imaginative dish but the local ingredients elevate it to something special.

Availability: Released on DVD as part of the excellent O’Kalem Collection (the playful nickname given to the Kalem crew in Ireland) and available for free and legal streaming on the IFI Player website. (I am in California and had no trouble playing it but I do realize that streaming rights vary from country to country.)


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  1. Marie Roget

    I’m so glad you linked to the IFI Player site- have watched a half dozen films there already tonight, as well as The Lad from Old Ireland. This history nerd (ranking high among several other forms of nerdiness) thanks you!

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