DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY JOHN FORD
FOX FILM CORPORATION
Information from IMDb
Ellen McHugh, a poor Irish immigrant to America, finds work in a carnival
and is thus able to send her son Brian to a fine school.
But when her position is found out, the school expels Brian.
Mrs. McHugh feels compelled to allow the school principal and his wife to adopt Brian.
The widow McHugh becomes a housekeeper and raises her employer's daughter Edith,
who grows up to fall in love with Brian McHugh.
Written by Jim Beaver
Belle Bennett ... Mother Machree (Ellen McHugh)
Neil Hamilton ... Brian McHugh / Brian van Studdiford
Victor McLaglen ... The Giant of Kilkenny (Terence O'Dowd)
Constance Howard ... Edith Cutting
Philippe De Lacy ... Brian McHugh as a child
Ted McNamara ... The Harper of Wexford
Billy Platt ... The Dwarf of Munster (Pips) (as William Platt)
Eulalie Jensen ... Rachel van Studdiford
Pat Somerset ... Bobby de Puyster
Ethel Clayton ... Undetermined role (uncredited)
Aggie Herring ... Sideshow woman asking about legs
Rodney Hildebrand ... Brian McHugh Sr. (uncredited)
Wallace MacDonald ... Michael McHugh (uncredited)
John MacSweeney ... Father McShane (Irish priest)
Robert Parrish ... Child (uncredited)
Jack Rollens ... Undetermined role (uncredited)
Duke Morrison ... Extra (uncredited)
Joyce Wirard ... Edith Cutting as a child (uncredited)
Rida Johnson Young (novel "The Story of Mother Machree"
Gertrude Orr (scenario)
Katherine Hilliker (titles) (as Katharine Hilliker) and
H.H. Caldwell titles
Erno Rapee (uncredited)
Chester A. Lyons (as Chester Lyons)
Duke Morrison .... props (uncredited)
William Fox presenter....copyright owner
* Production begun in September 1926 for a silent film, with release announced for December. It did not appear, and was instead released in 1928 with a sound track, including a synchronized version of the title song being sung.
* What most likely was a silent version of the film was shown at the Astoria Theater in London in September 1927.
* Announced cost of film: $750,000.
This film was originally credited as John Wayne's debut film,
but obviously he appeared in films two years before this as an uncredited extra.
He showed early promise in these silent films with his height,
his smile, and just the way how he embodied the American west.
* The Library of Congress has reels 1, 2 and 5, while reels 2, 5 and 7 currently survive at the UCLA film and television archives.