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Mother of the Shadows (1914)

Short | 20 min | Short, Drama

Laughing Moon, sister of the Sioux Chief, saves the life of Lieut. Eldridge, after he had protected her from a drunken Mexican. The friendship rapidly ripens into love. Some time later the chief arrives at the Post with all his tribe and ...See moreLaughing Moon, sister of the Sioux Chief, saves the life of Lieut. Eldridge, after he had protected her from a drunken Mexican. The friendship rapidly ripens into love. Some time later the chief arrives at the Post with all his tribe and Laughing Moon demands to see the colonel, whom he tells that Laughing Moon has a child of which one of his officers is the father. The colonel at once orders all the officers before him and tells Laughing Moon to pick out the man. She refuses to betray Eldridge but he admits it. The colonel demands that he marry her at once. This is done. As time passes, Laughing Moon realizes that her husband is ashamed of her, and her heart is broken when she hears him say that he knows the baby will grow up to be ashamed of her. The Sioux chief, owing to the fact that his sister has married an officer, disobeys the colonel's orders regarding hunting, and in the dispute that follows one of his warriors is placed under arrest. When the colonel refuses to release him, the chief attacks the fort. During the battle the imprisoned Indian escapes and discovers a small wooden gate in the rear of the stables which is unguarded. He throws away the wooden bar securing the gate, and hastens to inform the Indians. Laughing Moon sees him. and, realizing the gate must be held, throws her arm in the bar slots in place of the wooden bar. The Indians try to batter down the gate and chop through at her arm, badly wounding her, but she manages to cling there until a detachment of soldiers arrive. The Indians are beaten off. Laughing Moon is the heroine of the hour, and her husband is now very proud of her, and brings the baby to her, telling her when it grows he will delight in telling of his brave mother. She, however, knows that his first statement is true, and realizes when she is an old shapeless squaw her son will be ashamed of her when he compares her to the beautiful white mothers of boys of his acquaintance. She feels it is best that he should remember her as a beautiful Indian Princess who saved the fort. She opens the bandages binding her wounds, and when they find her she is dead. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Dec 4, 1914 (United States)

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Tsuru Aoki
Laughing Moon Laughing Moon   See fewer
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Sessue Hayakawa
Running Elk Running Elk   See fewer
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John Keller
Lieutenant Harry Eldridge Lieutenant Harry Eldridge   See fewer
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Joe Goodboy
Crooked Horn Crooked Horn   See fewer
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J. Barney Sherry
The Colonel The Colonel   See fewer
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