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Genre  Drama, Short
Running time  12 minutes
Cinematography  George K. Hollister
Country  United States
4.8/10 IMDb

Director  Sidney Olcott
Screenplay  Gene Gauntier
Writer  Gene Gauntier
A Lad from Old Ireland movie poster
Language  Silent (English intertitles)
Release date  November 23, 1910
Cast  Sidney Olcott (Terry OConnor), Gene Gauntier (Aileene), J P McGowan (Election agent), Arthur Donaldson (Parish priest), Robert G Vignola (Man in campaign office)
Similar movies  Sidney Olcott directed A Lad from Old Ireland and From the Manger to the Cross

The lad from old ireland 1910

The Lad from Old Ireland, also called A Lad from Old Ireland, is a one-reel 1910 American motion picture directed by and starring Sidney Olcott and written by and co-starring Gene Gauntier. It was the first film appearance of prolific actor/director J.P. McGowan.


The lad from old ireland 1910 kalem directed by sidney olcott

Production background

The film was the first ever production by an American movie studio to be filmed on location outside of the United States. Filming took place around Cork and Killarney in Ireland, and in New York City.

In August 1910, the Kalem Company of New York City sent director Sidney Olcott and a film crew to film in Europe. In Ireland, Olcott made The Lad From Old Ireland from a script written by Gene Gauntier. Shot by cinematographer George K. Hollister, the film was described in the publicity releases for its November premiere as "Kalem’s Great Trans-Atlantic Drama."


An Irish boy (Olcott) emigrates to America to escape the desperate poverty of Ireland. After finding work in construction, he finds success in politics. He returns to Ireland after receiving a letter from his sweetheart (Gauntier) just as her destitute family is being forced off their land.


  • Sidney Olcott  : Terry O'Connor
  • Gene Gauntier  : Aileene
  • Thomas O'Connor : The landlord
  • Arthur Donaldson  : Parish priest
  • J.P. McGowan  : Election agent
  • Robert G. Vignola  : Election agent
  • Jane Wolfe  : Society woman
  • Agnes Mapes  : Aileene's mother
  • Laurene Santley
  • Reception

    The film was a critical and popular success, particularly with Irish immigrants in America. Unlike previous films, the Irish characters were not cartoonish caricatures, and the story was a familiar and hopeful one for immigrants. The success prompted Kalem to send a larger company under the direction of Olcott the next year in 1911, which produced 18 films that summer.

    The Moving Picture World noted that the film was "quite a success", but complained that the audience was not informed of and thus unable to appreciate "the important characteristics of the picture", referring to the authentic portrayal of Irish rural life.


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