A Lad from Old Ireland

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The Lad from Old Ireland
Directed by Sidney Olcott
Written by Gene Gauntier
Starring Sidney Olcott
Gene Gauntier
Thomas O'Connor
Cinematography George K. Hollister
Distributed by Kalem Company
Release dates November 23, 1910
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Lad from Old Ireland is a one-reel 1910 American motion picture. It was the first film appearance of prolific actor/director J.P. McGowan.

Production background[edit]

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 at Beaufort, Ireland and in New York City.[1]

In August 1910, the Kalem Company of New York City sent director Sidney Olcott and a film crew to Ireland. There, Olcott first 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 becoming successful in his adopted country, he returns to retrieve his sweetheart (Gauntier) just as her destitute family is being forced off their land.



  • Michel Derrien, Aux origines du cinéma irlandais: Sidney Olcott, le premier oeil, TIR 2013. ISBN 978-2-917681-20-6 (French)

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