Louise Hanson's poem Man at the Gate was the inspiration for this 48-minute oddity. Having lost so many of her loved ones to the Sea, Mrs. Foley (Mary Jerrold) begs her husband (Wilfred Lawson) to give up the life of a sailor for the sake of their son George (William Freshman). But when war breaks out, Mr. Foley has no choice but to set sail, with the expected tragic results. Eventually young George answers the inevitable call of the sea, leaving Mrs. Foley alone with her memories and regrets. Man at the Gate is reminiscent of John Millington Synge's Riders to the Sea, which was likewise converted into a 4-reel film.
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