1918
Harry Jespersen
MarriageMay 1918

Harry Jespersen

Married Harry Jespersen.
The Triumph of the Weak
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MovieMay 13, 1918

The Triumph of the Weak

The opening picture finds …
The opening picture finds Edith (Alice Joyce) in prison where she has been for the last three years. She is a widow and her baby has been placed in an institution. She is paroled, finds her child and steals him from the asylum. After wandering around she finally obtains a position in a department store, where Jim Roberts, superintendent, falls in love with her. They are married, but she fails to tell him of her past. Mabel, also freed from prison, demands that Edith join with her and her side partner in a crime, under threat of exposing her past to Jim. Jordan, a friend of Jim's visits them. He is a detective, and recognizes Edith as a former thief. Further to involve her, Mable, hiding from the police, forces Edith to give her refuge in her home, where she immediately proceeds to steal everything in sight, money being her particular passion. Jordan tells Jim he is harboring a thief and he tells Edith she must leave, but Edith, still fearing Mabel, confesses to the theft of money and Mable is allowed to stay. The two men then plan to trap Mable by placing $400 in a desk. As Edith takes the money from the desk, lights are flashed on and she stands before the two men as the thief. The distracted girl now tells her husband of her first theft to save her baby and of her present attempt to keep her past from him. The men have a battle, the detective gets badly beaten up, but is moved by her great courage, gives her back to Jim and the child and through his efforts she obtains a free pardon. - Review from Variety, May 10, 1918.
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The Purple Dress
MovieMay 1, 1918

The Purple Dress

The Purple Dress is a 1918 two reel silent short film, …
The Purple Dress is a 1918 two reel silent short film, directed by Martin Justice.
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The Rathskeller and the Rose
MovieApr 12, 1918

The Rathskeller and the Rose

The Rathskeller and the Rose released.
1917
Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking
MovieDec 1, 1917

Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking

Whistling Dick, so named …
Whistling Dick, so named because of his ability to whistle almost any air, is invited to the City on the day before Christmas to escape the annual round-up for the rock pile, and trudges out into the country in search of a proper resting place for a man of leisure. As he whistles his way along a country road he is passed by a young lady who calls "Merry Christmas" to him. In her excitement she loses one of a pair of new stockings she is taking home, and Dick picks it up. His nose leads him to a hobo stew being prepared in a gully near a fine plantation home and he finds Boston Harry, a crook friend, and his gang, and partakes of the feast. He is invited to assist in robbing the home in which the young lady lives but refuses and is held under guard until the robbery can be pulled off. Dick gets an idea when he finds the stocking in his pocket, writes a note and sticks it in the toe of the stocking with a stone. When no one is looking he slings it through the window of the house, his message of warning alighting on the table during the Christmas Eve celebration. The men capture the gang and release Whistling Dick, who is feasted and honored all evening and is put to bed with the promise of the best job on the plantation. The idea of work is repugnant to his nature, however, and he escapes the next morning to resume his annual hunt for winter quarters.
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1916
Help! Help! Help!
MovieDec 18, 1916

Help! Help! Help!

Help! Help! Help! released.
Phantom Fortunes
MovieSep 11, 1916

Phantom Fortunes

Phantom Fortunes released.
Kernel Nutt and the Hundred Dollar Bill
MovieJun 5, 1916

Kernel Nutt and the Hundred Dollar Bill

Kernel Nutt and the Hundred Dollar Bill released.
Lights of New York
MovieMay 29, 1916

Lights of New York

Lights of New York is a 1916 American silent drama film …
Lights of New York is a 1916 American silent drama film directed by Van Dyke Brooke. Produced by the Vitagraph Company of America and directed by Van Dyke Brooke, the film stars Walter McGrail and Leah Baird. Its status is currently unknown.
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Kernel Nutt Wins a Wife
MovieMay 22, 1916

Kernel Nutt Wins a Wife

Kernel Nutt Wins a Wife released.
His Dukeship, Mr. Jack
MovieMay 8, 1916

His Dukeship, Mr. Jack

His Dukeship, Mr. Jack released.
Green Stockings
MovieJan 2, 1916

Green Stockings

There's a tradition in a certain section of England that the …
There's a tradition in a certain section of England that the unwed eldest daughter in a family must wear green stockings when a younger sister gets married. Celia Faraday is forced to do that once, but when her younger sister Phyllis announces she will marry Robert Tarver, Celia refuses to go through that humiliation again and invents a fiance for herself, "Colonel Smith". To make it seem more real, she writes letters to her "fiance", but never mails them. One day one of the letters accidentally gets mailed, and is received by a real Colonel Smith, who decides to check out who his "fiance" really is.
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1913
The Only Veteran in Town
MovieMay 29, 1913

The Only Veteran in Town

More interested in …
More interested in automobiling than in anything else, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold are inclined to be neglectful of their little daughter, Dora, and are almost entirely unmindful of her grandfather, James Arnold, a one-armed G. A. R. veteran living with them. Dora makes up as well as she can to her grandfather for his loneliness and the two spend the greater part of their time together. On Decoration Day, Dora's parents want her to go with them to see the parade, but as they do not wish to take her granddad with them, she refuses to go and stays at home with him. After a while she coaxes the old gentleman with her into a field of daisies, where .she wreathes a crown of flowers and places it on his head. Seated thus in state, he is found by a delegation of citizens, who, having learned that he is a war veteran, bring a message that the town desires to honor him. Taking the old man, who will not be separated from his granddaughter, to a gaily decorated automobile, they conduct him to the grandstand in town, where a dais has been prepared for him. All along the route the old veteran is greeted with rousing cheers, and on arriving at the stand he is asked to speak. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold see the passing of the decorated automobile and the honors paid to the veteran by the townspeople and are filled with remorse at the manner in which they have treated him in the past. They make the best amends possible and the whole party returns happily homeward to finish the celebration of the day in his honor.
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When Bobby Forgot
MovieJan 25, 1913

When Bobby Forgot

Among his Christmas presents, Bobby receives a cowboy …
Among his Christmas presents, Bobby receives a cowboy and an Indian suit and becomes inspired with the Wild West fever. He induces his young playmate, Jane, to play Indian with him. They go out to an enclosed lot which they enter by crawling through a hole underneath the fence. He then arranges a drama in which he is an Indian chief and captures her, ties her to a tree and holds her prisoner. He securely binds her and then tells her he will hold council with his tribe and decide what will he done with her. He wanders off and hearing some boys playing ball, he forgets all about Jane and joins in the game. Toward evening, he goes home. Jane's parents become anxious about her non-appearance at suppertime. They go in search of her and inquire further at Bobby's home. The boy suddenly remembers Jane's captivity. He runs to the lot and releases her. His parents are very much inclined to chastise him, but Jane's parents intercede for him and Jane herself, forgives him for his thoughtlessness.
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1912
The Mills of the Gods
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MovieNov 4, 1912

The Mills of the Gods

The Mills of the Gods is an …
The Mills of the Gods is an American silent film. It was the first three-reel "feature" directed by Ralph Ince; production company Vitagraph entrusted him with this longer project after being impressed by his work on the two-reel Double Danger.
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The Man Under the Bed
MovieMay 18, 1912

The Man Under the Bed

We all remember the boy …
We all remember the boy who cried wolf so often that when the wolf really did come the people did not believe it. Little Billy had evidently forgotten, or never heard this. Martha and Jane, two little girls, are very fearful of burglars entering their room. Their brother Billy thinks be will play a joke on them, and stuffs a pair of trousers, to which he attaches a pair of boots, and places them under the bed, the feet protruding. When the girls enter their room they see what appears to be a man's foot sticking out from underneath the bed. The girls are almost frightened to death, very much to the amusement of Billy. A few days later the children's parents are called away for the night and a real burglar enters the house. The girls have retired. Martha sees the man, hidden under the bed, and while very much frightened, she does not lose her presence of mind. She pretends she has a toothache and says she will have to get up and go into the front room to get some medicine to relieve it. She tells Billy of the presence of the burglar and he goes out to notify the neighbors, while the girl returns to the room. Jane reading and Martha listening and nursing her toothache. Some of the neighbors surround the house and others enter. The burglar, hearing their approach, climbs from the window and down the porch, where he is quickly captured by those waiting outside. Just as this happens, the children's parents return and are very much surprised to learn what has taken place. They don't forget to tell Billy that his joke on his sisters has come true and in the future not to joke about matters of so serious a nature, which might come true and prove disastrous.
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The Old Kent Road
MovieApr 30, 1912

The Old Kent Road

Bill Simmonds is a poor coster with a large family. His …
Bill Simmonds is a poor coster with a large family. His wife is a good woman, but with rather a short temper. The daughter Sue, the eldest, is their great comfort and the peacemaker of the family when things go wrong. The first pictures show the Simmonds family life, and Harry Gettings, a young coster who is paying court to Sue, with her parents' consent. One day, to the old Kent Road comes Mr. Mallett, a lawyer, who tells Bill that his uncle at Camberwell has quarreled with his only son, and dying, has left his house, a yearly income and his donkey and "shay" to Bill. Joy reigns in the Simmonds household. With money that Mallett advances they buy fine clothes, and Bill, in a new corduroy suit, drives the family in his newly acquired "shay," much to the admiration and envy of the Road. But Bill does not now think that Harry is good enough for his daughter, and breaks off the match, to poor Sue's great unhappiness. They remove to the cottage at Camberwell and put on great airs, but alas, pride goes before a fall. In an old desk, Sue comes across a package addressed to Mr. Mallett, the lawyer. It proves to be a later will of old Mr. Simmonds, leaving all to his son, and so poor Bill, after his taste of greatness, goes dejectedly back to the Old Kent Road. But to Sue, misfortune brings happiness, for the faithful Harry is again received as her suitor and Bill and his wife try to make the best of things in contemplating their child's happiness.
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The Black Wall
MovieMar 18, 1912

The Black Wall

The story of the "Black Wall" takes us among miners, as …
The story of the "Black Wall" takes us among miners, as we follow the daughter of one of them on her way with his father's lunch, escorted by a little son of another miner. They enter a great tunnel, and have almost reached their father when an explosion occurs. The black wall is thrown down like a curtain, separating the workers and the two children from all possible means of exit. Expert miners dig until they reach the wall, through which they force an air-tube to give the imprisoned miners air and through which they force water. The little boy first crawls through it and then returns for the little girl, after which the miners are brought through.
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1911
A Doubly Desired Orphan
MovieDec 29, 1911

A Doubly Desired Orphan

Mrs. Johnson, a widow, …
Mrs. Johnson, a widow, and Mr. Brown, widower, childless and alone, are very unhappy and long for the companionship of home and family. By a strange coincidence, both hit upon the same idea, of adopting an orphan and bringing it up as their own. Mrs. Johnson visits the Hilldale Orphan Asylum, and after inspecting the many little inmates, selects as her choice, Helen, a pretty little miss about ten years of age. Mr. Brown, shortly after Mrs. Johnson has left, comes to the asylum and makes the same choice. They both ask the other to withdraw in favor of the other. The head nurse suggests that Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Brown marry each other, and then they both can have the child for their own. They therefore repair to a minister, are married, and return to the asylum for Helen, whom they take to their hearts, and smilingly accept each other with that happiness and contentment of mind which makes the two one, and the three a complete and happy family.
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Saving the Special
MovieDec 4, 1911

Saving the Special

Pete Black determines to win the wife of the engineer, Jim …
Pete Black determines to win the wife of the engineer, Jim White. He comes to Jim's home and makes advances to Mrs. White; she repulses him and he leaves the house in anger. The time is due for Jim to take his engine out. Pete Black starts down the railroad track, set upon getting Jim White out of the way. He goes down the tracks and places heavy ties across the tracks, intending to wreck the Special, of which Jim White is the engineer. Then he returns to Jim's home and urges Mrs. White to run away with him. She strikes him with a rolling pin and knocks him senseless. In the meantime, her little girl, coming home from school, sees the ties across the tracks. She rushes in and tells her mother, who goes into an adjoining room, procures a revolver, gives it to her little girl and tells her to hold the villain at bay until she removes the ties from the tracks. She reaches the railroad tracks just in time to save the Special and her husband. She notifies the sheriff and with him starts back home. In shorter time than it takes to tell it, the sheriff arrests him and takes him to jail. Jim White, who has brought his train in from the run, comes home, learns of what has happened, and fondly embraces his dear ones in acknowledgment of their love for him.
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The Miser's Heart
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MovieNov 20, 1911

The Miser's Heart

Thieves decide to steal the money an old miser has …
Thieves decide to steal the money an old miser has hidden away. He refuses to open the safe for them, so they threaten to kill a girl who lives in his building.
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By Way of Mrs. Browning
MovieOct 14, 1911

By Way of Mrs. Browning

Dr. Chester North asks …
Dr. Chester North asks Eleanor Eastman to become his wife. She tells her mother, who is as much pleased as her daughter. The next morning, while the doctor is busy in his office, a poor chorus girl enters and asks him to attend her little sister, who is flying. He readily consents and is hurriedly making his way to her home. Eleanor, riding down the street, sees Chester with the chorus girl. At noon on the same day, Chester sends Eleanor her engagement ring, and although she is disturbed by what she saw in the morning, she forgets it when she beholds the glistening solitaire. Chester asks her to go to the matinee with him. She tells him she will go and at two o'clock he has not arrived. Eleanor peevishly decides to go to the theater herself. The doctor cannot resist the pleadings of the little girl for her sister, who is taking part in the very play that Eleanor is witnessing. The doctor goes to the theater, and while waiting at the stage door for her coming. Eleanor sees him again with the chorus girl. She returns her engagement ring to Chester with a note that she does not wish to have anything more to do with him. Dr. North tries to explain, but she will not listen. He throws the ring upon the office floor and, taking the rose which she has pinned on his coat the night before, destroys it. The chorus girl happens in at this moment to pay the doctor. He refuses to accept compensation and she notices his agitation, picks up Eleanor's note from the floor and learns the cause. She hurries to the home of Miss Eastman, tells her of the doctor's kindness and how he saved her little sister's life. Eleanor, ashamed of herself, tries to make amends. She strikes upon a happy idea from Mrs. Browning's poem. She writes: "And the first time 1 will send a white rose bud for a guerdon." Enclosing a white rose, she sends it to Chester, but he refuses to respond. Again she writes: "And the second time a rose." She accompanies this with a full-blown rose, similar to the one she gave him the night of their engagement. To this Chester responds in person, and together they read: "And the third time I will bend my pride and whisper, 'Pardon,' when he comes to claim my love." There is but one answer that is silently expressed as they lovingly glance into each other's eyes.
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Forgotten; or, An Answered Prayer
MovieSep 22, 1911

Forgotten; or, An Answered Prayer

Mrs. Earle dies at the birth …
Mrs. Earle dies at the birth of her child. Max, her husband, is so overcome with grief that he cannot bear to look at the child, foolishly attributing his wife's death to the innocent little one. He determines to get away from the scene of his sorrow and leaves his little daughter Helen in charge of his sister, Mrs. Strong, who has two children of her own. Mr. Earle goes to Paris and throws himself into the gaiety of the French capital. During his absence, his little daughter, now six years old, learns about her father; his photograph, which stands on her aunt's table, is the shrine at which she pours forth her childish prayers that her father will come back to her again. She seems to be like an odd sheep with her little cousins, who have the attention and kind caresses of loving parents, while she is without either. She feels alone and forgotten, and longs for parental sympathetic love. She has overheard her aunt speak about her father, and her little heart aches and pines the more for him to come home to his lonely little Helen. Mrs. Strong gives a party for the children. They all seem happy but Helen, who is possessed with that self-consciousness and shyness which is born of the thought inspired by her father's evident neglect. She goes into another room alone, meditative and sad, and is soon forgotten by everybody. When the prizes from the umbrella are chosen, Helen is not remembered. After the little guests have gone home, bidding a fond good-night to all but little Helen, and Mrs. Strong has put her two children to bed. Mr. Earle, who has received Helen's letter, comes back, is ushered into his sister's presence, and asks her where Helen is. Mrs. Strong cannot tell him and has to admit that she has entirely forgotten her. Helen is soon found and brought to her father, who clasps his child to his bosom again and again, and promises that he will never leave her any more, and judging from the many gifts he brings her and the kindnesses which he showers upon her, we are convinced that she is now his one thought and his greatest joy in life.
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Barriers Burned Away
MovieJun 24, 1911

Barriers Burned Away

John and Edwin Martin, two brothers, occupy, each …
John and Edwin Martin, two brothers, occupy, each with his own family, a double house; they are all very much united. Each one of the brothers has a child. John has a little boy, named Frank, and Edwin, a little daughter named Tillie. The two children are playmates and the wives are the closest of friends. Everything is harmonious, when like a flash of lightning from a clear sky, a quarrel, through some trifling difference of opinion, arises between the two wives, which leads to the severance of the happy relations of the two families, excepting the two children, who fortunately cannot grasp the meaning of it all and consequently remain in blissful ignorance of its purpose and are happy only when in each other's company. Their parents try to separate them and poison their little minds against each other, but it is of no avail. One day, while the children are playing together, they set fire to a barrel of rubbish in front of an old barn, then add fuel to the flames, and dance gleefully before the blaze. Tiring of this sport they start a game of tag. Tillie runs into the barn, pursued by Frank. The sparks from the burning barrel communicate with the barn and soon the old structure, which is filled with hay, is ablaze. The children are unable to escape, but luckily they have been seen to enter the building by one of the neighbors, who hastily gives the alarm of fire which arouses the attention of the children's parents. Edwin rushes madly into the barn, followed by his brother John, both intent upon rescuing their children. Suddenly Edwin comes staggering from the building with a little form, around which he has wrapped his coat, and lays it in the arms of his distracted wife. A moment later, John Martin appears with a little form and gives it to his wife. When they remove the wraps, each woman discovers that she has the other's child and they lose no time in claiming their own, clasping their precious ones to their bosoms and thanking God for their safety. John and Edward Martin stand contemplatively for a moment, then grasp each other's hand, thus declaring their reunited friendship and their strengthened love, from which all barriers have been removed. In their one natural interest all agree to "forgive and forget" their bad feelings in their one mutual joy and gratitude.
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Billy's Valentine
MovieMar 28, 1911

Billy's Valentine

On St. Valentine's Day, Bill decides to give Molly an …
On St. Valentine's Day, Bill decides to give Molly an affectionate and elaborate valentine together with a bouquet of flowers. He purchases the tokens of his love, and finds himself in a quandary how to send them. Kitty, Molly's mischievous little sister, comes along and Billy drafts her into service as a messenger. She changes the pretty valentine to a "comic" and substitutes a bunch of vegetables for the bouquet. When Billy calls to see Molly, he receives the "ice pitcher" and the "marble heart." Little Kitty confesses she is the cause of all the trouble, professes repentance, and asks forgiveness, which is granted.
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His Trust Fulfilled
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MovieJan 19, 1911

His Trust Fulfilled

Continuing where His Trust (1911) leaves off, George, …
Continuing where His Trust (1911) leaves off, George, a slave, takes care of his deceased master's daughter after her mother's death. He sacrifices his own meager savings to give the girl a good life, until the money runs out and he tries to steal money from the girl's rich cousin.
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1910
Jean and the Waif
MovieDec 24, 1910

Jean and the Waif

Jean and the Waif released.
Chew Chew Land; or, The Adventures of Dolly and Jim
MovieSep 6, 1910

Chew Chew Land; or, The Adventure…

Two children. Holly and …
Two children. Holly and Jim are schoolmates. Jim is a manly little chap. One of the boys puts a wad of chewing gum on the teacher's chair. Jim takes a package of chewing gum from his pockets, puts a piece in his mouth, and gives a stick of it to Dolly, who is chewing busily when the teacher sits down on the chair and the gum. All the youngsters begin to titter; the teacher discovers the cause and accuses Dolly of placing the gum on the seat. Dolly denies it, but the "schoolmarm" doesn't believe her. Jim comes forward and says he did it, taking the blame and relieving Dolly from suspicion. Jim is kept in after school, and when he is allowed to go home he meets Dolly outside waiting for him with a bouquet of flowers, which she gives him and commends him for his bravery. Jim, our little hero, tired out by the duties and play of the day, is getting ready for bed. Placing Dolly's bouquet in a glass on a table, sticking his chewing gum on the bedpost, he gets under the covers and goes to sleep. During his slumbers "Wriggles," a mischievous imp, gets him to visit "Chew-Chew Land." They jump out of the bedroom window to the garden below, where they meet Dolly. Wriggles touches the ground with his magic wand; it opens and down into the opening the three explorers disappear from sight and drop right-side-up into "Chew-Chew Land," where they are introduced to its mysteries and many wonders, filling them with astonishment and glee. One thing after another appears to awaken their surprise, one thing funnier and more amazing than the other. Jim is puzzled and is just asking himself, "How can all these things be?" when he wakes up and realizes that it is all a dream. His mother comes into his room and Jim tells her all about his dream while she is helping him dress, and together they are enjoying all the wonders of "Chew-Chew Land'' as they have been revealed to Jim.
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A Life for a Life
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MovieSep 2, 1910

A Life for a Life

A strange attachment, akin to love, has been formed by …
A strange attachment, akin to love, has been formed by a convict for a rat which he has caught and tamed and of which he has grown very fond. It is the only living thing he cares for and which care for him, and in the solitude of his cell the companionship of the rodent gives the poor fellow a great deal of comfort and pleasure. One of the keepers of the prison sees the prisoner playing with the rat, rushes into the cell, dashes the animal to the door and kills it. The convict seizes the keeper by the throat, strangles and almost kills him. He is brought before the warden and placed in solitary confinement. A visiting clergyman, a friend of the warden, is escorted through the prison, in company with the warden's wife and child. When they enter the cell of the convict placed to solitary confinement they find him morose and sullen, grieving over the loss of his friend and companion and the injustice of the whole human race. The clergyman speaks to him kindly and the warden's little daughter sympathizes with him, while her mother looks at him with pity. His heart is somewhat mellowed by these evidences of consideration, and when the clergyman visits his cell the second time, by permission of the warden, the whole spirit of the man seems to have undergone a change and his huge frame is convulsed in tears that seem to wash out and purify his soul. He seems a changed being, and soon the warden makes him a "trusty" and gives him the care of his garden and freedom of the prison grounds. While caring for the flowers he often meets the warden's little girl, who has become very fond of him, and he idolizes her, looking upon her as a visiting angel whenever she come near; his gratitude for the kindness shown him is sincere and he longs to show it in his own limited way. Through an unforeseen event an opportunity presents itself wherein the convict shows the sincerity and depths of his loyalty to those who have befriended him. The warden's house catches fire and his little daughter, who is in the house, is unable to escape from the flames. Would-be rescuers attempt to penetrate the flames and are driven back by the blaze and smoke. The convict sees the burning home, runs to the scene and, heedless of himself, penetrates the blazing building and saves the child, just as the father reaches his home and is prevented from rushing into the mouth of certain death. The warden clasps his child to his breast and the convict hero falls unconscious into the arms of the guards. He is carried to the hospital, and when he has recovered consciousness the warden and his daughter call at the hospital to see him. The warden thanks him for the life of his child and commends him for his bravery and unselfish deed. The little daughter throws her arms around the poor fellow's neck and the sick man tenderly strokes her head and declares he was willing to lose his own life that she might live.
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The Rocky Road
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MovieJan 3, 1910

The Rocky Road

The evils of drink cause a man to separate from his family. In …
The evils of drink cause a man to separate from his family. In time he becomes sober and prosperous. Then he meets and falls in love with a young woman, and they become engaged. Unbeknownst to him this young woman is his own daughter.
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1909
Through the Breakers
MovieDec 6, 1909

Through the Breakers

A society couple, neglect their young daughter in favor of …
A society couple, neglect their young daughter in favor of their social life. When the girl becomes seriously ill, the father realizes the errors of his ways and stays home with her, demanding his wife do likewise. She sneaks out to a dance and the child takes a turn for the worse. By the time she returns home the child is dead. After her husband leaves her, the mother realizes her selfishness and begs forgiveness at her daughter's grave.
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The Death Disc: A Story of the Cromwellian Period
MovieDec 2, 1909

The Death Disc: A Story of the Crom…

During the reign of Oliver …
During the reign of Oliver Cromwell, Catholic worship is forbidden on pain of death. Three soldiers are arrested as Catholics and condemned to die. Cromwell decides to spare two of them and to determine which should die by chance. The guards bring the first child they meet. Whichever soldier she gives the 'death disc' to shall die. Cromwell is charmed by the girl and gives her his signet ring. By chance the child is the daughter of one of the soldiers and gives the death disc to her father, because she thinks it's pretty. The child is returned home to her mother, who learns of her husband's pending execution and of the power of the ring. She rushes to the place of execution and saves her husband by producing the ring.
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In the Window Recess
MovieNov 29, 1909

In the Window Recess

An escaped convict takes refuge in the home of a police …
An escaped convict takes refuge in the home of a police officer out on duty. He seizes the officer's daughter and pulls her into a window recess, with a pistol to her head. The officer returns and discovers the convict's hat. He suspect his wife is concealing an affair and she must avoid revealing the convict's presence for the sake of their daughter.
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What's Your Hurry?
MovieNov 1, 1909

What's Your Hurry?

Papa is proud of his new birthday present, a …
Papa is proud of his new birthday present, a shotgun. Mary's boyfriend arrives for a visit and she is anxious to introduce him to Papa. When Harry sees Papa walk in with a shotgun he misunderstands and departs in terror. Harry continues to encounter Papa everywhere and runs away, baffling the old man. At last Papa hauls Harry back home for an explanation and a reunion with Mary.
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Pippa Passes
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MovieOct 4, 1909

Pippa Passes

Pippa awakes and faces the world outside with a song. …
Pippa awakes and faces the world outside with a song. Unknown to her, the music has a healing effect on all who hear her as she passes by.
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Leather Stocking
MovieSep 27, 1909

Leather Stocking

Freely adapted from the tales of James Fenimore Cooper. …
Freely adapted from the tales of James Fenimore Cooper. Our story starts with the Colonel and his two nieces starting out to make a short cut to Fort George, accompanied by a scout and piloted by a trusted Indian guide, who was none other than Big Serpent. This traitorous redskin is elated at the opportunity to perpetrate a long cherished revenge. To this effect he has notified his followers and they stand in readiness to act at his call. Proceeding on their journey, they come to a mountain stream, where the party rest and take water, Big Serpent and the scout leading the horses into the shade of the wood. Just prior to the party's arrival, Leather Stocking and Uncas meet, and when they learn Big Serpent is guiding the party, they express their misgivings, being sure of his sinister intention, and truly, for while they are indicating their fears, the scout rushes on and tells that he had been assaulted and the horses killed. Leather Stocking and Uncas volunteer to see the party through their danger, if possible, but they have not proceeded far when the woods seem alive with Indians and the party is almost surrounded. Taking the only avenue of retreat, they manage to reach the stockade just ahead of the bloodthirsty Indians. Here a spirited battle ensues, which is not destined to last long, as ammunition is low. It is hoping against hope, for we now find there are but two charges left, and after that they will be at the mercy of the foe. Leather Stocking, however, feels that there is but one chance, hazardous though it be, of getting to the fort for aid. His plan is subtle in the extreme. Donning an animal's skin, he plunges into the swirly, tortuous river at the back of the stockade, knowing that the crafty Indians would waste no ammunition on game, but save it for the enemy, ammunition being a scarce and precious commodity. In this manner he succeeds in reaching the soldiers' quarters, where he falls, exhausted, after telling them of the danger of the party. The soldiers start off at once, and are none too soon, for in the meantime the Indians have effected an entrance into the stockade with battering rams and have the party tied up to trees, piling brush to incinerate them. The torch is already applied to the brush about Uncas, and only the timely arrival of the soldiers and annihilation of the redskins saves his life. Uncas then accompanies the party on their way to the brow of the bill, where we leave him standing alone, the last of the Mohicans.
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The Country Doctor
MovieJul 8, 1909

The Country Doctor

While caring for his sick daughter, a doctor is …
While caring for his sick daughter, a doctor is called away to the sickbed of a neighbor. He finds the neighbor gravely ill, and ignores his wife's pleas to come home and care for his own daughter, who has taken a turn for the worse.
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The Lonely Villa
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MovieJun 10, 1909

The Lonely Villa

A gang of thieves lure a man out of his home so that they …
A gang of thieves lure a man out of his home so that they can rob it and threaten his wife and children. The family barricade themselves in an interior room, but the criminals are well-equipped for breaking in. When the father finds out what is happening, he must race against time to get back home.
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What Drink Did
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MovieMay 31, 1909

What Drink Did

A man leaves his wife and two daughters for work in a …
A man leaves his wife and two daughters for work in a carpentry shop. At work, he initially refuses a beer with lunch, then gives in. After work, two friends take a little while to convince him to go for a refreshing malt beverage, then to have another and another. Meanwhile, the family waits. He arrives home late and abusive. The next day, hung over, he takes much less convincing to have the drinks; he's gone so long that his wife sends a daughter looking for him. She eventually finds him, can't convince him to return home, goes home, sees her mother's distress, and returns to the bar. This time, her father gets more abusive, a fight ensues, a shot is fired, and tragedy strikes.
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Tis an Ill Wind That Blows No Good
MovieApr 29, 1909

Tis an Ill Wind That Blows No Good

Tim Noonan and Mary …
Tim Noonan and Mary Flinn were sweethearts and both were employed at the paper box factory. Jack Dunn rudely jostles against Mary, which arouses the ire of Tim, who lays Jack out with a powerful blow, for Tim is somewhat of a pugilist. The confusion brings the boss, a bantam, on the scene, who scolds, yes, actually scolds Tim, and Tim picks the boss up bodily, spanks him and quits. For some time he wanders about looking for work, but without success, until he is finally evicted from his boarding house. Discouraged and hungry he passes a restaurant. The sight of the viands in the window emphasizes his already famished condition, so he enters and begs for a bite to eat. The proprietor coldly waves him away with a refusal, and in abject desperation he seizes a piece of pie and runs, overturning everybody who attempts to hinder him. Out of the place he rushes followed by a mob. A policeman joins the pursuers and Tim finding them gaining on him rushes into a vacant house and ascends the stairs. In dashes the copper with such force that he stumbles and drops his gun. Tim seizes this and compels the guardian of the peace to divest himself of his cap and coat, which he puts on. Locking the policeman in the room, he rushes past the mob at the door, who think him the cop. He makes them believe the thief has escaped by the window and sends them one way while he goes the other. Free, he hides in one of the side streets to get his breath. While there an Italian woman rushes up and calls for help, as her husband is at home drunk and threatening to kill them all. Here is trouble. He tries to back out, but the woman insists he being a cop it is his duty to protect her. He goes and with one punch lays the wild Italian out stiff. He then drags him to the station house and receives the praise of the chief for bagging a dangerous and much sought for criminal. He tries to sneak, when in comes the real policeman, who denounces him. The chief, at first enraged, but later, considering his daring deed, appoints him on the force as a full-fledged copper. His star is now in its ascendency, so he visits the factory, calls for Mary and proposes marriage, which she coyly accepts.
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A Drunkard's Reformation
MovieApr 1, 1909

A Drunkard's Reformation

A drinking man arrives …
A drinking man arrives home, late and sozzled as usual. His wife reminds him that he promised to take their child to a play. The play proves to be a morality tale about the evils of drink; he sees the parallels in his own life and swears off the demon brew.
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And a Little Child Shall Lead Them
MovieMar 22, 1909

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them

The house divided against …
The house divided against itself has been united by the child, as was the case in this story. The dentil of the first horn, at the age of two, left the couple almost inconsolable, and the little toy dog, which the baby held in its arms, in its last moments, was indeed a cherished remembrance. Seven years after the husband became so deeply engrossed in his business affairs as to neglect to some extent his wife and second child, a girl of six. The wife complaining of his indifference, a quarrel ensues. She decides to leave him. Arrangements for a separation are made, and a division of effects takes place. Everything is disposed of when the little girl picks up the toy dog of her dead and gone brother, and says, "Mamma, who takes this?" Well the scene that transpires defies description and it is sufficient to say that it is the most touching episode ever portrayed. The separation does not take place.
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The Deception
MovieMar 22, 1909

The Deception

Of all the agonies of life, that which is most harrowing is …
Of all the agonies of life, that which is most harrowing is the conviction that we have been deceived where we placed all the trust of love, and this is most apparent to Harry Colton, a young artist in the action of his wife, Mabel. It has been an arduous struggle for fame with poor Harry and when poverty's wolf is howling at their threshold he resolves to go out and seek employment which may not be as congenial as art, but will prove decidedly more remunerative. But his wife will not allow it. She pleads with him to hope on, work at his painting while she goes to seek a position as teacher of piano at the Conservatory, His ambitious spirit is compelling and he allows her to go. Piano lessons, indeed. The brave girl gets a job in the laundry at the washtubs. However, she has grit and with her first day's pay, one dollar, she drags her sore body homeward, stopping on the way to buy a few provisions. Dauntless, she goes the next day to give "piano lessons" at the washboard, and while away an art collector calls on Colton and purchases his masterpiece tor a goodly sum, with a promise or more purchases to come. His joy is boundless and he cannot wait until evening to tell Mabel the good news, so he rushes to the Conservatory, and, of course, does not find her. She has never been there: they don't know her. He stands for a moment paralyzed. "My God! She has been deceiving me. I shall cast her off forever." And rushing home he is writing a farewell note, when the door opens and poor Mabel is carried in a sorry sight to behold. She had fallen into one of the tubs of boiling suds and her arms are scalded from hands to shoulders. Harry, when he realizes the awful sacrifice of the girl, and all for him, is about to gather her in his arms, but she cries with pain, and he can only kiss the tip of her finger. The subject is a beautiful story of a woman's self-sacrificing love.
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The Voice of the Violin
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MovieMar 18, 1909

The Voice of the Violin

A music teacher is in love …
A music teacher is in love with Helen, one of his students, but she rejects him. In his anger he joins a communist group who plan to blow up a rich capitalist's house. When he realizes it's Helen's house, he tries to stop the plan.
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I Did It
MovieMar 15, 1909

I Did It

A mother punishes her son for eating a plate of cream …
A mother punishes her son for eating a plate of cream puffs, unaware that the daughter really did it. As the daughter watches the punishment, she feels guilty, and confesses her misdeed.
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The Lure of the Gown
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MovieMar 15, 1909

The Lure of the Gown

"Fine feathers make fine birds.'' and handsome gowns …
"Fine feathers make fine birds.'' and handsome gowns make handsome women, and a handsome woman is the most fascinating thing extant. Hence it is when Isabelle appears on the scene clad in a gown that is a masterpiece of the dressmaker's art she easily fascinates the male contingent, among whom is Enrico, the sweetheart of Veronica, a street singer. Enrico is so enraptured at the sight of Isabelle in her resplendent attire that he becomes her abject slave, casting aside the poor, peasant-clad little Italian street singer, who has loved him devotedly. Crushed almost beyond endurance the poor girl stands sobbing at the entrance of the park where the inconsistent lever left her. Her tears attract the attention of a wealthy young couple who happen to pass. In answer to their queries she tells them how contemptibly her sweetheart acted, and all because of the fascinating influence of a gown. The lady is moved to commiseration and offers her aid in the gift of the most beautiful gown Veronica has ever seen. Her opportunity for revenge has turned her love to hate, and as she appears at the Italian Benevolent Association ball, she is the star of the event, for she looks like a queen as she promenades the ball room. She at once becomes the "Mrs. Trouble" of the evening, for the men all desert their partners and flock around her, beseeching but a smile. All this elicits from the women folk delicate little bon-mots such as "Hussy." "Temptress." "Cat," "False hair." "Paints." Oh, well, you know how it is. Enrico is thrown into a rage that runs the entire gamut of emotions, love, jealousy, hate, disappointment and a few others, too numerous to mention here. He begs forgiveness, declaring undying love, but she tells him it is the gown that has attracted him and not her, but on his knees he swears. Still she will not trust him and turns to a poor good-hearted Italian who has persistently loved her despite her coldness.
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The Salvation Army Lass
MovieMar 11, 1909

The Salvation Army Lass

Mary Wilson, a neglected …
Mary Wilson, a neglected child of the slums, falls in with Bob Walton, a tough denizen of the lower east side, and loves him with a pure, honest affection that his low nature cannot appreciate. He forces her to enter a saloon where she is insulted by Harry Brown, which is resented by Bob. They quarrel, come to blows, and Brown draws a gun as Bob closes in on him, forcing the muzzle against Brown's breast as it explodes, thereby causing him to shoot himself, dying almost instantly. But Walton is arrested and sentenced to one year in Sing Sing. The morning papers appear with an account of the affair and as Mary's name is put into prominence in the account she is grievously hounded by misfortune, evicted from her boarding place and also discharged from the factory where she works, she falls into the hands of a professional woman shoplifter, who is anxious to enlist her services as an accomplice. The girl soon discovers the character of her would-be benefactor, and rushes from the place, running into the arms of the Salvation Army, which offers her peace and rest. Taking her to the barracks she is enrolled a soldier, and one soul is lifted from the darkness into the light. With the Army, Mary has won the affection of all for her humility and goodness. Working as she does, in the slums a year later she comes face to face with Bob, who has just been released from prison, having served his time. He is on the point of becoming a party to a burglary, but she prevents, even with almost fatal results for herself. But she will not give him up, and after a series of touching episodes finally moves him to appreciate the strength of that holy invitation "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give thee rest." so in the final scene we see Bob kneel in devout humility to receive God's healing grace from His ministers, A strong point in this subject is that it depicts real life and real people.
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The Roue's Heart
MovieMar 8, 1909

The Roue's Heart

Mons. Flamant, a typical roué of the French nobility, is …
Mons. Flamant, a typical roué of the French nobility, is surrounded by all the pleasures and pastimes his fabulous wealth can procure, but still at times he suffers extreme weariness and disgust for the toadying sycophants about him, so in quest of diversion he visits the art rooms, just as a young girl enters with a magnificent piece of sculpture and places it on sale. The roué is so impressed with the work and the girl that he purchases it at once and follows her to the atelier, where he learns that she is the maid of the sculptress, whom he sees and at once falls passionately in love with her as only a man of his type can, but when he learns that she is totally blind, his feelings change to one of deepest pity, which is, we know, the kindling of pure love. He arranges with her to sit for a bust of himself and when it is finished he declares his love for her but she realizes her condition and rejects it, although she has by intuition come to love him deeply. As he leaves the studio crestfallen she sinks down and for the first time feels the enormity of her affliction, sobbing she cries: "Oh! God, how I love him, and yet it must not be." A little child model, who is employed by the sculptress, hears this and trips from the place and makes her way to the roué's palace, where she tells him the empyrean truth. Taking up the little one in his arms he rushes back to the studio to set aside the sculptress' compunction and claim her as his own.
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The Golden Louis
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MovieFeb 22, 1909

The Golden Louis

An anonymous donor drops a gold coin in the shoe of a …
An anonymous donor drops a gold coin in the shoe of a homeless girl as she sleeps. A gambler with a 'sure thing' borrows the coin and wins a fortune, but he can't find her again to repay her.
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One Touch of Nature
MovieJan 1, 1909

One Touch of Nature

Policeman John Murray is the proud father of a little girl …
Policeman John Murray is the proud father of a little girl and the happy husband of a dutiful wife. Both father's and mother's whole life is centered in their little one, and the little family are as happy as can be until death tears the baby from them. As the child's soul leaves its body, so the poor heart-broken mother's reason leaves her. What an awful blow to Murray. The loss of his child was indeed hard to bear, but his dear wife hurled into a living death was worse. A trained nurse must be her constant companion, and the poor woman spent her time fondling the dolls and playthings of her lost one. Murray's beat lay in the tenderloin section of the city, and many curious characters came under his notice. In the cellar under a junk shop there lived, or rather existed, a Sicilian couple of the very lowest type, who eked an existence by begging and theft. A little orphan girl fell into their keeping and they forced her to beg on the street for them, beating her into submission if she refused, which the child's proud spirit inclined her to do. Out in the snow storm, thinly clad, the poor child was made to stand at the stage doors of the theaters or in front of saloons to work upon the sympathy of the generous-hearted habitués. She was always accompanied by the Sicilian woman, who took good care that she didn't escape. Murray, on his rounds, runs into them and his suspicions are aroused, so he follows them and enters their hovel just in time to see the poor creature receiving a frightful beating. With a terrific blow he sends the man reeling to the floor and hurling the woman on top of him he seizes the child in his arms. At this moment a couple of his squad, in answer to his whistle, enter and take the Sicilians in charge. An idea dawns on him. He takes the little one home and presents her to his poor demented wife. The presence of the child at once restores her reason, so the clouds of sorrow are dissipated and happiness reigns. The picture presents a moral showing the singular working of God's justice in taking to Himself an unsullied soul that another might be saved.
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1908
The Christmas Burglars
MovieDec 22, 1908

The Christmas Burglars

It is Christmas Eve. Mrs. …
It is Christmas Eve. Mrs. Martin, the poor widowed mother of a seven-year-old child, returns to her cheerless apartment, after a long day's tramp in search of work, and all in vain. The little one asks her mother if Santa Clans is coming, to which the poor, almost heartbroken woman is unable to answer. The baby then says, "I'll write him a letter to be sure to come." And so she writes on a scrap of paper, "Dear Santa, please don't forget little Margie. Me and mamma ain't got no food even. Little Margie, 114 Broome St., top floor." This she shows her mother who is unable to control her emotion. Baby then hangs up her stocking, putting the letter in it. When the little one is asleep, the mother takes the note, and reading it, is driven almost mad with helplessness. With the child's missive clutched in her hand, she takes up her cloak and hurries to the pawnshop, which is presided over by Mike McLaren, an Irish pawnbroker. Mike's reputation as a philanthropist is not very pronounced. On the contrary as we see him he appears to be a cruel, pitiless Hibernian, without a grain of charity in his makeup. Ah! but who can reckon the power of the Christmas spirit. Mrs. Martin enters Mike's place and proffers her cloak as a pledge for a few cents, but Mike throws the cloak back at her with an invective. It is worth nothing to him, so he will allow her nothing. In her mental agony she absent-mindedly drops the baby's letter on the floor. Mike picks this up alter she leaves. What a change comes over him as he reads the child's innocent appeal. Hustling his clerks about, he bids them buy a Christmas tree, ornaments, toys and provisions. This done, he enlists the service of a couple of burglars, who burglarize Mrs. Martin's apartment, slightly chloroforming her and her child, so as to be sure of their not waking while they are at work. In comes the clerk with the tree and presents, which Mike arranges, and when finished, he goes out into the hall to watch the effect. He hasn't long to wait, and he dances around like a child at the view he gets through the keyhole, hurrying off before the inmates learn from whence their blessing came. The little one attributes it to her letter to Santa, and in truth it was, but they never knew the real Santa. "To dry up a single tear has more of honest fame than shedding seas of gore."
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1899
Adele DeGarde
BirthMay 1899

Adele DeGarde

Adele DeGarde was born.
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