ProducerWilliam Fox CastMary Carr, Dorothy Allen Duration
LanguageSilent (English intertitles) Release dateSeptember 17, 1920 Based onpoems "Over the Hill to the Poorhouse" and "Over the Hill from the Poorhouse"
by Will Carleton WriterWill Carleton (poems), Paul Sloane (scenario) Similar moviesSunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), Happy Days (1930), She (1917)
Over the Hill to the Poorhouse, also known as Over the Hill, is a 1920 American silent drama film about a woman who has a lot of children, and who never gets the chance to enjoy life. The film starred actress Mary Carr and almost all of her real-life children.
The film was directed by Harry Millarde, released by Fox Film Corporation, and was a box office success in 1920.
The story was previously filmed as Over the Hill to the Poorhouse (1908), starring Florence Auer. It was remade as Over the Hill (1931), starring Mae Marsh, and as Tears of a Mother (1937). The 1920 silent film is preserved at Bois d'Arcy in France.
over the hill to the poorhouse
Mary Carr as Ma Benton
James Sheridan as Child Isaac (billed as Sheridan Tansey)
Noel Tearle as Adult Isaac
Stephen Carr as Child Thomas
William Welsh as Pa Benton
Jerry Devine as Child John
Johnnie Walker as Adult John (billed as John Walker)
James Sheldon as Child Charles
Wallace Ray as Adult Charles
Rosemary Carr as Child Rebecca
Phyllis Diller as Adult Rebecca (this Phyllis Diller is not the TV comedian)