Film Actress

Helene Costello

  • Jun 21, 1906 - Jan 26, 1957 (age 50)
  • 5' 2" (1.57 m)
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1957
Helene Costello
Personal1957

Helene Costello

Helene Costello passed away.
1941
Deidre Le Blanc
ChildFebruary 1941

Deidre Le Blanc

Deidre Le Blanc is a screenwriter.
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1940
Lee Le blanc
MarriageAugust 1940

Lee Le blanc

Married Lee Le blanc.
1936
Riffraff
MovieJan 3, 1936

Riffraff

Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. He quits his …
Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. He quits his poorly paid job to concentrate on getting better working conditions as union leader. Unfortunately, the union members disagree with Dutch's ideas and kick him out. Without a job or union card to get another he leaves Hattie to look for work. Hattiee steals money to help him when she learns he is really down on his luck and she goes to jail. He gets a new job, foils a plot to dynamite the ship, and promises to wait for Hattie.
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1935
Honeymoon Limited
MovieJul 1, 1935

Honeymoon Limited

A publisher bets an author that he won't be able to write a …
A publisher bets an author that he won't be able to write a romantic adventure novel while on a walking trip from New York to San Francisco. The author takes the bet, and runs into some ...
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1933
Arturo de Barrio
Marriage1933

Arturo de Barrio

Married Arturo de Barrio.
1930
Lowell Sherman
MarriageMarch 1930

Lowell Sherman

Lowell J. Sherman (October 11, 1888 – December 28, 1934) …
Lowell J. Sherman (October 11, 1888 – December 28, 1934) was an American actor and film director. In an unusual practice for the time, he served as both actor and director on several films in the early 1930s. He later turned exclusively to directing. Having scored huge successes directing the films She Done Him Wrong (starring Mae West) and Morning Glory (which won Katharine Hepburn her first Academy Award), he was at the height of his career when he died after a brief illness.
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1929
The Show of Shows
MovieNov 21, 1929

The Show of Shows

It's 1929. The studio gave the cinema its voice gave offered …
It's 1929. The studio gave the cinema its voice gave offered the audiences a chance to see their favorite actors and actresses from the silent screen era to see and for the first time can be heard in a gaudy, grandiose music comedy revue. But also appear actors and actresses from the first 'talkies', stars from Broadway and of course the German shepherd Rin-Tin-Tin. Frank Fay is the host of the more than 70 well-known stars who show various acts.
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1928
Broken Barriers
MovieDec 1, 1928

Broken Barriers

When a mayoral candidate finds out he is to be exposed in a …
When a mayoral candidate finds out he is to be exposed in a newspaper article, he goes to the political boss who put him up for the job and says he wants to quit. Enraged, the boss pulls a gun on him, and the man promptly dies of a heart attack. The boss stages a fake car "accident" to make it look like the man died that way, but a suspicious newspaper reporter decides to look a bit deeper into this story. Complications ensue.
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The Circus Kid
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MovieOct 7, 1928

The Circus Kid

The Circus Kid is a 1928 American silent drama film directed by …
The Circus Kid is a 1928 American silent drama film directed by George B. Seitz. Although it was a silent film, it contained some talking sequences, synchronized music and sound effects. A print of the film exists.
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The Midnight Taxi
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MovieSep 1, 1928

The Midnight Taxi

The Midnight Taxi is a 1928 early part-talkie thriller picture from …
The Midnight Taxi is a 1928 early part-talkie thriller picture from Warner Bros. directed by John G. Adolfi and starring Antonio Moreno, Helen Costello and Myrna Loy. It is unknown whether a sound copy survives, but a silent copy with no talking is in the care of the British Film Institute. The silent print runs just under 50 minutes. According to the Library of Congress, the film survives in British Film Institute's National Film and Televiion Archive.
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Lights of New York
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MovieJul 6, 1928

Lights of New York

A young kid from Upstate New York named Eddie (Landis) is …
A young kid from Upstate New York named Eddie (Landis) is conned into fronting for a speakeasy on Broadway. Throughout the con there is an inevitable chorus-girl with a heart of gold (Costello), a cop-killing gangster boss (Oakman) and his downtrodden ex-girlfriend (Brockwell).
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The Phantom of the Turf
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MovieMar 1, 1928

The Phantom of the Turf

The Phantom of the Turf released.
Comrades
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MovieFeb 10, 1928

Comrades

Comrades is a 1928 American silent drama film directed by …
Comrades is a 1928 American silent drama film directed by Cliff Wheeler and starring Donald Keith, Helene Costello and Gareth Hughes.
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Burning Up Broadway
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MovieJan 19, 1928

Burning Up Broadway

Burning Up Broadway is a 1928 American silent drama film, …
Burning Up Broadway is a 1928 American silent drama film, directed by Phil Rosen. It stars Helene Costello, Robert Frazer, and Sam Hardy , and was released February 1928.
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1927
Husbands for Rent
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MovieDec 31, 1927

Husbands for Rent

A newlywed couple, after six months of marriage, decide …
A newlywed couple, after six months of marriage, decide that they've made a mistake and plan to divorce. Her father, however, has other ideas and hatches a plot to make them realize that they really do love each other and should stay married.
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In Old Kentucky
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MovieNov 20, 1927

In Old Kentucky

Young Brierly struggles to save his father, Major Brierly, from the …
Young Brierly struggles to save his father, Major Brierly, from the clutches of alcohol after the Great War. At the same time, he prepares Major Brierly's horse, which served bravely with ...
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Good Time Charley
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MovieNov 5, 1927

Good Time Charley

Charley Keane is a well-known vaudeville performer who …
Charley Keane is a well-known vaudeville performer who seems to have everything going for him--fame, money, and a beautiful daughter whom he dotes on. Unfortunately, things start to slide downhill for Charley, both career-wise and in his personal life. His manager is crooked, he is spending too much money and doesn't have enough coming in, and his daughter becomes an actress and her fame starts to eclipse his,
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John W. Regan
MarriageSeptember 1927

John W. Regan

Married John W. Regan.
The Heart of Maryland
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MovieJul 23, 1927

The Heart of Maryland

At the outbreak of the War …
At the outbreak of the War Between the States, Maryland Calvert is loved by Maj. Alan Kendrick, son of a Virginia general, and Capt. Fulton Thorpe. Nancy, whom Thorpe has loved unwisely, follows him to Washington and commits suicide when she learns he will not marry her; as a result, Alan is forced to request his resignation. When Fort Sumter is fired upon, Alan, who admires Lincoln's principles, joins the Union Army though his father is among the Secessionist leaders; as a result, he is estranged from Maryland. Thorpe, who has joined the Confederacy as a spy, is responsible for Alan's arrest, but Maryland victoriously comes to his aid by ringing the alarm bell.
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The Broncho Twister
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MovieMar 13, 1927

The Broncho Twister

Tom Mason, home to the family ranch after a hitch with the …
Tom Mason, home to the family ranch after a hitch with the US Marines, discovers that Brady, a neighboring rancher, and his gang are trying to steal his family's ranch, and to that end have kidnapped his father and sister. In the process of rescuing them, he learns that Brady has promised his stepdaughter, Priscilla, to one of his henchmen, Bell, as the price for helping him steal the ranch. Tom must stop Brady from stealing his ranch and save Priscilla from the clutches of the horny Bell.
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Finger Prints
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MovieJan 8, 1927

Finger Prints

A gang of inept crooks and even more inept lawmen search …
A gang of inept crooks and even more inept lawmen search for a cache of hidden money.
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1926
While London Sleeps
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MovieNov 27, 1926

While London Sleeps

Rinty is a police-dog (and faithful companion) assigned to a …
Rinty is a police-dog (and faithful companion) assigned to a young Scotland Yard police-officer who covers the Limehouse district of London. The East India dock in Limehouse is the home of the scum of the world, especially a group known as the Mediterranean Brotherhood. Scotland Yard is looking for a mysterious "ape-man" (The Monk) whose deeds of violence on behalf of the gang-leader of the Brotherhood has put all of London on guard.
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Millionaires
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MovieOct 1, 1926

Millionaires

Meyer Rubens and his wife, Esther, own a pressing-shop in New …
Meyer Rubens and his wife, Esther, own a pressing-shop in New York's lower East Side. Esther wants to move on up to the upper West Side. She has a rich sister, Reba, who persuades Meyer to invest in the worthless oil stock sold by her husband. The stock proves to be not worthless and Meyer and Esther become over-night millionaires. But Reba thinks Meyer, who has no taste for high society, is holding her sister back socially, so she devises some schemes that involve catching Meyer in a compromising situation with other women, so her sister can file for a divorce.
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The Honeymoon Express
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MovieSep 2, 1926

The Honeymoon Express

Wealth turns certain of the …
Wealth turns certain of the Lamberts to decadence and dissipation: John, the promiscuous father, gets entangled with a gold digger named Estelle; his son Lance, an architect, loses ground in his profession through drinking; and Becky, the reckless flapper daughter, is infatuated with Nathan Peck, a vitiated millionaire. Margaret, the mother, who has lost her beauty through devotion to her household, realizes the futility of the sacrifice and leaves home with Mary, her youngest and unspoiled daughter, whose aversion to men is expressed in her mannish attire. Margaret becomes an interior decorator in Jim Donaldson's office and soon regains her dignified womanly beauty. Meanwhile, Lance denounces his father for inviting disreputable people home and gets a job through his mother's influence. Margaret refuses John's pleas to return, and with Jim she saves Becky from suicide; Mary falls under the charms of Dick, Jim's brother; and the family is united again with Jim at its head.
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Wet Paint
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MovieMay 3, 1926

Wet Paint

After a misunderstanding between a well-to-do young man and …
After a misunderstanding between a well-to-do young man and the girl he wanted to marry, he decides to arbitrarily marry the first random girl that will accept him. This proves harder that he he thought, and late at night and groggy, he gets into his house after some trouble and help from the police, only to realize he's not in his house, but trapped in a strange one with a married woman.
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The Love Toy
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MovieFeb 13, 1926

The Love Toy

The Love Toy is a lost 1926 American silent comedy film …
The Love Toy is a lost 1926 American silent comedy film directed by Erle C. Kenton and starring Lowell Sherman, Jane Winton, and Willard Louis. The film was produced and distributed by Warner Brothers.
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1925
The Man on the Box
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MovieSep 27, 1925

The Man on the Box

A wealthy young man disguises himself as a gardener to be …
A wealthy young man disguises himself as a gardener to be near the woman he secretly loves. He discovers that the butler is an enemy spy who plans to steal military secrets, and has to find a way to stop him.
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Ranger of the Big Pines
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MovieJul 26, 1925

Ranger of the Big Pines

Ranger of the Big Pines is a …
Ranger of the Big Pines is a 1925 American silent western film directed by W.S. Van Dyke and starring Kenneth Harlan, Eugene Pallette and Helene Costello.
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1915
The Evil Men Do
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MovieJan 19, 1915

The Evil Men Do

As childhood sweethearts, David Horton and Beatrice Elton …
As childhood sweethearts, David Horton and Beatrice Elton are inseparable. Fifteen years later Beatrice goes abroad and while there is heartbroken to learn that David has married Margaret Forsythe, a social climber, Margaret starts to entertain on a lavish scale. David, in order to pay the bills, speculates, loses everything and his wife elopes with Captain Clifford, a dashing army officer. Beatrice returns from abroad, meets David, learns all and urges him to go west and start all over again. Horton does so and locates at Ranchville, where he buys a small ranch. Meanwhile, Clifford has tired of Margaret and deserted her. He later meets Beatrice, they marry and he takes her out west with him. Beatrice meets David at his ranch and tells him she is married. Horton meets Clifford, but keeps silent about Clifford's former life. Beatrice plans to reunite Margaret and her husband and invites the girt to Ranchville. On her arrival, Beatrice asks David to give Margaret another chance, pleading so hard he finally takes Margaret back. Foreseeing trouble should Margaret and Clifford meet, he urges her to leave that section until the Cliffords have gone. Unfortunately she does meet Clifford, he threatens her, they struggle and she is accidentally killed. Horton finds the body and a clue to the guilty one. He accuses Clifford, who breaks down and confesses the whole truth, which Beatrice overhears. She tells Clifford it is all over between them and he kills himself. After the funeral, Horton and Beatrice leave for east together, determined to forget the past and start life anew as man and wife.
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1914
The Barrel Organ
MovieSep 4, 1914

The Barrel Organ

Attracted by the sound of a barrel organ and the cries of …
Attracted by the sound of a barrel organ and the cries of children watching the monkey's antics, Bunions, a hobo, saunters across the street to listen. Suddenly the music stops and Bunions sees the young Italian woman who has been turning the handle of the organ is about to faint. He awkwardly offers his assistance and learns she is a widow. Unable to make a living she is on the point of starvation. Having no resources of his own, Bunions takes the organ and monkey and trudges off into the finer residential districts. After grinding out several "tunes" in front of a house where a celebrated violinist is giving a recital, he is bribed to go away in front of the Northrop home, when the monk climbs up to little Helen's window and the youngster breaks open her penny bank to get money for the animal. Bunions then starts back to Maria, feeling rather chesty over the goodly sum he has accumulated. On a steep hill the organ gets away from him and coasts down to the bottom. There it is struck by a speeding auto and demolished. The only thing saved from the wreck is the monkey, and poor Bunions is crestfallen and discouraged. Passing the Northrup house he sees it is on fire, quickly sends the monk up the side of the building with a rope and effects the rescue of Mr. Northrup and Helen, imprisoned in an upper room. For this he is handsomely rewarded and, jubilantly happy Bunions returns to Maria. When he tells her of his good fortune she is overjoyed and throws her arms around his neck. Bunions tells her, "I'm sick of the single life. Let's get married." He receives his desired answer, while both see a vision of themselves as the proud possessors of a brand new horse-drawn organ, with Cupid busily turning the crank to the tune of the wedding march.
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Some Steamer Scooping
MovieFeb 12, 1914

Some Steamer Scooping

The Baron Lafitte is in love …
The Baron Lafitte is in love with and proposes to Adelaide Burton, daughter of Andrew Burton, a wealthy manufacturer. Clara Lane, a newspaper reporter, has been assigned to watch the movements of the Baron. She is further instructed to make a scoop of their movements. Tom Drake is in love with Clara, and is her persistent follower throughout. Clara is making progress on scoop No. 1 when she sees the Baron slip a ring on the finger of the charming Adelaide. An extremely youthful stowaway is scooped out of the hold, furnishing scoop No. 2. The poor child is about to be delivered over to the Captain when little Helen Reigel and her mother become interested, and in turn interest the Baron in the little delinquent. The Baron, who is good-natured and big-hearted, adopts the youngster, much to Adelaide's extreme disgust. The Baron and Adelaide quarrel, and their engagement is abruptly terminated. In the meantime, the Baron, through Drake, has met Clara, and she falls in love with the nobleman, to Drake's great chagrin. The breaking off of the Baron's engagement with Adelaide gives Clara more newspaper material and a ray of hope. The Baron quickly recovers from his recent unpleasantness, and in turn becomes interested in Clara. The latter, who has kept her real identity a secret, has qualms about sending in her big scoop to the papers, now that she herself loves the central figure involved. Accidentally, the Baron discovers Clara's reason for being aboard, and thinking she has purposely ensnared him for the purpose of getting news out of him, reproaches her bitterly. Through the timely mediation of the Baron's adopted protégé, matters are straightened out, and the Baron pulls the biggest "scoop" of all when he captures the willing Clara.
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1913
A Christmas Story
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MovieDec 22, 1913

A Christmas Story

Though her father forbids her to marry Jack Harvey, a poor …
Though her father forbids her to marry Jack Harvey, a poor young artist, Molly Wilson becomes his wife and goes away with him to another town. Bessie, the eldest daughter, an attractive widow with two baby boys and a baby girl, pleads with her father in Molly's behalf, but he is obdurate. Two years elapse. It is Christmas time. Bessie surprises her father kissing a photograph of Molly and she writes to her sister to come home for Christmas, saying, "I believe father would be glad to see you." Jack Harvey, in his garret studio, shares Molly's happiness over the letter. They leave almost immediately, taking their little baby with them. At a certain point they have to change trains and buy new tickets. Jack discovers that he has lost his wallet, so he and Molly strike out bravely along the lonely snow-covered road through the winter-bleak country, cheered on by the hope of a kind reception ahead. At the Wilson home the Christmas tree is decorated and many toys are heaped about the room. Upstairs, Bessie puts her little children to bed and tells them the story of "Christ at the Manger." She is sad because she does not expect to see her sister this Christmas. It is very late when Jack and Molly, exhausted, come to the town and seek admittance at the inn. All of the rooms are taken and they cannot get accommodations, so they go on to the Wilson home. Seeing all dark within, they decide to spend the night in the barn, sleeping on the hay. Early the next morning, the little children sneak out to the barn to see if Christ is there. They find Molly and Jack and the baby. They tiptoe out and returning to the house, load themselves down with toys from the Christmas tree and go back to the barn. Bessie with her father discovers the absence of the children and tracks them to the barn. The father tries to be stern with his daughter, but he forgives her when Jack shows him their little baby. A merry time around the Christmas tree reunites the family in love and happiness.
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The Doctor's Secret
MovieOct 23, 1913

The Doctor's Secret

After making some wonderful discoveries in regard to the …
After making some wonderful discoveries in regard to the cure of cancer, Dr. Bergmann, who is suffering from heart disease, fears that he will not live to see the fruits of his invention. He wishes to leave the secret to his son, Hans, a boy of six, whom he hopes will be a doctor. He confides the general idea to his friend. Dr. Von Mertz, but does not tell him the details. At once he becomes possessed with an unholy desire to learn the secret. Bergmann has fallen asleep on the sofa before the fire. Von Mertz enters the room, goes to the drawer, takes out the papers and begins to make notes. Bergmann awakes, discovers him, and rushes at him in a fury. The excitement is too much for his heart and he sinks to the floor, as Von Mertz thinks, dead. He steals the manuscript and goes for assistance. While he is gone. Oscar, an old servant, watches his master. Bergmann revives and has sufficient strength to write a few lines which he encloses in a letter already written to his son to be given him when he comes of age. This he gives to Oscar to give to his lawyer, warning him to be careful of Von Mertz. He then sinks back, dead indeed. Von Mertz adopts Hans and brings him tip as his own, and shortly after accepts a professorship in America and goes there with his little daughter Elsa and Hans Bergmann. Oscar gives the letter to Stoltz, the lawyer, who is rather puzzled. By means of Bergmann's discovery, Von Mertz wins fame and fortune, but is always haunted by remorse for his past. Hans becomes betrothed to Elsa on his 21st birthday. That night Stoltz arrives in America with old Oscar, and gives the letter which tells of Von Mertz's crime into Hans' hands. Von Mertz overhears him read it, and. coming out of his room, confesses his crime and begs for mercy, The shock of the discovery is too much for him, and be expires. Elsa rushes into the room. Hans realizes that his highest duty is to the woman he is going to make his wife, and so resolves to bury forever her father's secret.
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Matrimonial Manoeuvres
MovieOct 17, 1913

Matrimonial Manoeuvres

Martin Mills is always hard …
Martin Mills is always hard up and he does not like to work. He lives mostly on money supplied by his aunt Julia, a rich widow. His applications become too frequent, but Mrs. Black has a weakness for court news and high society, so she tells her nephew that if he will introduce her to some of the aristocratic friends he is always boasting about, she will give him money, and if she can make a match with one of them, she will give him more: otherwise, her purse is closed. He goes to an actor, a friend of his, named Hartley, and proposes that he shall pose as Lord Ormon le De Verde. Hartley, who is a decent sort of chap, does not like the job, but he is out of work and in pretty hard straits. At last he consents. The scheme works well, Julia is infatuated and gives her nephew the advance fee, but it goes farther than was expected, for she actually makes a leap year proposal to Hartley. He writes her that circumstances which he cannot explain have called him from England, perhaps forever. She is terribly upset and gives Martin money and tells him to find her lover and bring him back to her. Hartley in the meantime, on returning home, finds he has secured a London engagement. Things look well for him, but his conscience troubles him. Not satisfied with the way Martin is conducting things, Mrs. Black comes to London herself. Martin tells his servants to get tickets for the theater and Jenkins gets them for the theater at which Hartley is playing. Martin discovers this when too late. Mrs. Black sees Hartley and makes a scene. Then suspecting her nephew she uses stratagem and gets Hartley's address. She goes to him and accuses him and he confesses. She is in a terrible rage and threatens to prosecute him. In spite of his penitence and his wife's prayers, Little Nellie, their daughter, wins her way to Mrs. Black's heart, and for the child's sake she forgives, but she hands her nephew $20 and tells him to get out of England and never come back.
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Heartbroken Shep
MovieOct 9, 1913

Heartbroken Shep

Brought into contact with each other, Runa and Shep, a …
Brought into contact with each other, Runa and Shep, a dog, become great chums. Their companionship is looked upon with evident interest and amusement by Runa's parents, who do not seem to be very greatly concerned for their daughter's childish affairs, leaving that entirely to her nurse. One day the parents go away. The nurse, after having put Runa in her bed, goes downstairs, and there begins to carry on a flirtation with the tinsmith, who is working on the roof. The tinsmith, greatly interested, comes down and joins Runa and they go off for a walk, the tinsmith ignorant that he spilled some live coals from his fire pot before he left the roof. Shep, sleeping in the yard, discovers the smoke, and running to the firehouse, leads the firemen back and guides them into Runa's room. Here, by some accident, Shep is shut in. He tries vainly to get out of the room. Finally he succeeds, by way of a ladder, in getting to the window and getting into Runa's room, and tries to drag her out of danger. As Runa is carried from the blazing house her parents arrive. Amazed at seeing the house in flames, they run to ascertain Runa's safety. This having been satisfactorily accomplished, their attention is attracted to Shep. They call him, but he does not respond. Runa calls and Shep jumps from the window. When he reaches the ground he is fatally hurt, and dies a hero.
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The Other Woman
MovieSep 24, 1913

The Other Woman

Introduced to Marie Forrest, the actress, by a mutual friend, …
Introduced to Marie Forrest, the actress, by a mutual friend, John becomes infatuated with her. Ignorant of his family ties, she accepts him as a friend. His wife and child cannot help feeling his estrangement. At the close of the season, Marie, on the advice of her physician, seeks a quiet spot and stops by chance at the same hotel where John's wife and child are staying. The two women become great friends and spend all their time together. John, conscience-stricken, and missing his family very much, takes a run to the beach. He gets there just as Alice, who is bathing with her little girl, is taken with a cramp and nearly drowned. Marie, who is on the beach, sees the child's danger and saves her. In the excitement of the moment, Marie and John do not look at each other. Both work over Alice. As signs of life appear, they glance up and incidentally recognize each other. Marie sees all. A happy home is preserved, and Marie, to whom John has become to mean a great deal, makes an effort to forget him in a return to her career.
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Fortune's Turn
MovieSep 10, 1913

Fortune's Turn

Having tramped the city day after day in search of a job and …
Having tramped the city day after day in search of a job and finding none, Tom Whyman is reduced to desperation. He has an invalid father to support and has spent his last cent. Honesty having failed him, he resolves to try dishonesty. Seeing a house deserted by its occupants for the evening, he climbs to a second story balcony and enters a window. He is seen, however, by two policemen, who at once hurry toward the house. Tom sees them coming and flees as fast as he can, but being weak from starvation, they soon gain upon him and he realizes that to get away he must take a desperate chance. Tom bursts through the fire-lines in front of a burning dwelling and rushes into the house, hoping to be able to get through and out at the back and so escape his pursuers. In the house he hears the cry of a small child upstairs and rushes up to rescue it. By the time that he finds the child, the stairs are alight and it is impossible to get out of the way. He climbs to the roof, and making a rope of clotheslines, he lowers the baby as far as the top of the nearest fire escape. Tom then makes another life line for himself and is able to let himself down to the ladder, where he faints in a fireman's arms. Tom is taken to the hospital, for he has been badly burned, but, having been recognized by the policeman, a guard is put over him spending his recovery from his injuries. He is visited constantly by the mother of the child he had rescued, a poor widow, who is filled with gratitude for what he has done for her. The newspapers take up his case and Tom is pardoned without trial. A kind sympathizer offers him a job and he is able to marry the widow who has fallen in love with him and whose love he returns. His fortune has turned and he is able now to support both his father and his wife in comfort and happiness.
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The Mystery of the Stolen Child
MovieApr 12, 1913

The Mystery of the Stolen Child

An enemy of Mr. Frost, …
An enemy of Mr. Frost, desiring revenge, reads of the death of Mr. and Mrs. Marvell, his daughter and son-in-law. Mr. Frost adopts the little girl and requires a nurse. His enemy sends a woman accomplice who secures the position. The nurse is so well treated by the grandparents that she refuses to be a party to the plot. Frost decides to send his family to Europe. His automobile is tampered with, and the party hire a taxicab, which is run by one of the gang. The chauffeur's actions arouse Frost's suspicions. He quickly repairs his own auto and follows. Instead of being taken to the steamer his family is being taken as prisoners to a lonely house. Frost arrives and rescues them and the chauffeur flees. On board the ship the family meet Lambert Chase, a detective. One day on the boat the little girl disappears. Her folks consult the detective and he laughingly takes them to where he has wrapped her up warmly in a large steamer rug.
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Tim Grogan's Foundling
MovieFeb 27, 1913

Tim Grogan's Foundling

Tim Grogan, a bricklayer in …
Tim Grogan, a bricklayer in Chicago, lives in bachelor's quarters. The widow McGee, a neighbor on the floor above, frequently drops in to help tidy up or to bring him a pot of jam or some little present. Grogan sees her designs, but though he appreciates her good qualities, he has been too long used to his freedom to give it up. A gang of blackmailers and kidnappers, headed by one Phil Covington, abduct millionaire Ligard's little daughter. Pearl, while in the park with her maid. Fearing detection, they plan to flee with the child to Chicago. While Covington goes off with Burke to put their purpose in execution, they leave Pearl in charge of Sanford. Sanford yields to his besetting weakness and gets drunk. Pearl is frightened and runs away from him and is picked up by the good-natured Grogan and taken to his home, where, with the help of Mrs. McGee, he tends and cares for her, but the care of the child brings Mrs. McGee very much closer to him. The kidnappers discover the whereabouts of the child and try to take her from Grogan, who defends her and the tables are turned on the kidnappers by the arrival of Ligard and the detectives. Ligard thanks Grogan for his kindness and Pearl promises to come and see him. Left alone, he feels the loss of the child. Mrs. McGee makes him a leap year sort of proposal and he decides he will marry her and they will spend the evening of life together.
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Buttercups
MovieFeb 12, 1913

Buttercups

A widowed mother with her two little children, the poorest of …
A widowed mother with her two little children, the poorest of the poor Irish peasantry, tries to make life cheerful and pleasant for her little ones. She tells them fairy tales from Irish folklore. The one that pleases them most is about the fairies who boil buttercups from the fields into gold. Her little children decide that they will follow the example of the fairies, gather some buttercups and boil them into gold. A generous huntsman coming that way, empties his purse into the kettle with the buttercups. They call their mother and she is soon possessed of sufficient means to relieve her needs. Surmising the source from which their wealth has come, she thanks God for his goodness. The little children are convinced that the good fairies have imparted to them an endless source of supply.
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Mr. Bolter's Niece
MovieJan 4, 1913

Mr. Bolter's Niece

Mr. Benjamin Bolter has for his neighbor, Lavinia Kacey, a …
Mr. Benjamin Bolter has for his neighbor, Lavinia Kacey, a spinster of uncertain age. They are good friends, and in their hearts admire each other, but have both come to an age when they are afraid of themselves. Mr. Bolter's young niece, Pet, comes to spend a few days with him and makes things lively for her uncle, who is unused to children. He introduces her to Lavinia, who takes quite a notion to the child. Talking to Lavinia through the garden fence between Bolter and Lavinia, Pet becomes fascinated with Lavinia's false curls and ends by pulling one off. When Bolter scolds, she howls and he has to capitulate. The next morning when Bolter complains of the lack of a button on his trousers, she, seeing Lavinia sewing in her garden, catches up the trousers and rushes off and into the garden and requests her to sew the button for her poor uncle, who has no one to look after him. Finally, she makes herself ill with eating green apples and in his distress he sends for Lavinia to help. Her kindness and tenderness to the child break down the barrier of his reserve and he proposes to her to make his lonely life a heyday of sunshine and happiness. Lavinia agrees by falling into Bolter's arms. Pet, whom they suppose to be asleep, sits up and says, "Oh, I saw you! Goody! goody! goody!"
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1912
The Night Before Christmas
MovieDec 17, 1912

The Night Before Christmas

The Christmas season is …
The Christmas season is approaching and Mrs. Corbin, who has been a sufferer from illness for many months, thinks over the past Christmas when John, her husband, played Santa Claus for their little daughter, and wonders what the outcome of the coming Christmas will be if the operation which she is contemplating should be fatal to her. John Corbin is very anxious about his wife's operation and is somewhat surprised to learn that it will cost about $500.00. One day, when a client leaves $500.00 in his charge to he invested in stocks, he is interrupted by the telephone bell and instead of placing the money in the safe, he unconsciously places it in his pocket. Answering the telephone, he receives a message from his little daughter Helen, saying that her mother is very sick. John hurries home and decides that the operation must be performed at once. He is troubled to know where he will get the $500.00 to pay for it, and at that moment thinks of the money in his pocket. He decides to use it and replace it before his employer discovers that he has taken it. Mrs. Corbin undergoes the operation and dies in its performance. Her husband's theft is discovered and he is sent to jail. His motherless child is left with Mrs. Corbin's sister. Corbin works in the shoe shop in prison, thinks of his little daughter and cuts from the spare pieces of leather, little dolls which he hopes to send her at Christmas time. The night before Christmas, he manages to escape. He makes haste for his home where he tells his sister-in-law that he has come to play Santa Clans for his little Helen. Hastily taking the Santa Claus suit from the cupboard where it was kept since last Christmas, he dresses himself in the disguise, goes into his child's bedroom and tells her that Santa Claus has come to wish her a Merry Christmas and present her with some leather dolls which he has made for her. The little one is happy to meet old Santa. Leaving the bedroom and entering the living room, he finds the prison guards awaiting him. Removing his costume, he goes with them back to prison. The next day, Christmas, is made brighter for Corbin by the thoughts of having made his child happier.
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Cleopatra
MovieNov 13, 1912

Cleopatra

The fabled queen of Egypt's affair with Roman general Marc …
The fabled queen of Egypt's affair with Roman general Marc Antony is ulimately disastrous for both of them.
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The Toymaker
MovieOct 24, 1912

The Toymaker

An old German toymaker, Hans Greyburg, living in a little flat …
An old German toymaker, Hans Greyburg, living in a little flat on the east side of New York, while engaged one day making and dressing dolls, is visited by Dot Avery, the little girl from the flat above. He is fond of children and makes friends with her and gives her an old doll. Dot is the child of Bert Avery, a crook and his wife, Nell. Nell does not approve of her husband's mode of life and lives in constant fear of his arrest. Avery returns from making a haul, his pockets full of stolen money, but has to get out of town for fear of detection. He wishes to leave the stolen money with his wife, but she refuses to take it. He leaves her and flees the country. She drags on a life of hardship until her health, never too good, gives out and she dies. Finding her cold and motionless, the child goes to her old friend, the toy-maker and when Hans finds what has occurred, he adopts Dot as his own child. Shortly after, he has a legacy left him. He leaves his work, invests his money and goes to live in a little country place, where he prospers and is looked up to by everyone. Avery returns to the country and passing through the country place, hears exaggerated rumors of Hans's wealth. He breaks into the house intent on robbery and while trying to intimidate Hans, is brought face to face with his own child. He hears what Hans has done for her and repentant, swears to lead a better life, leaving Dot to the care of her adopted father until he shall have proved himself more worthy of her.
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The Irony of Fate
MovieSep 28, 1912

The Irony of Fate

Virginia Jameson, a girl of lovely disposition, is wooed by a …
Virginia Jameson, a girl of lovely disposition, is wooed by a man much older than herself whom she very much dislikes, but who stands very high in the favor of her parents. She might have married another man had not fate decreed otherwise. She meets and accidentally escapes the man she could have loved and would have married; she stooped to tie her shoe-strings, diverting her attention from him. Had their eyes met, both their lives would have been different. Leroy Farley, the man favored by her parents, prevails and she marries him. Her life is unhappy, notwithstanding his great riches and social prominence. One day, out for a stroll, she meets some little children, her heart goes out to them as she thinks of the comfort they might be to her were they her own. As she stoops to kiss one of them, Harry Weston, the man whom she could have loved and would have loved her with all his heart, happens by, gazing with admiration on her and the scene before him. As a married woman, she naturally repulses his stare and passes on to her home, where in meditation and loneliness, she thinks of her unsatisfied life and the irony of fate. While she is thus engaged, Harry Weston, in his bachelor apartments, pictures in his reverie, life and what it might have been made to him had he married the woman he met and could have loved.
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Rip Van Winkle
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MovieAug 19, 1912

Rip Van Winkle

Rip Van Winkle, a lazy American man, wanders off one day …
Rip Van Winkle, a lazy American man, wanders off one day with his dog Wolf into the Kaatskill mountains where he runs into an odd group of men drinking and playing bowls. He drinks some of their mysterious brew and passes out. When he wakes up under a tree he is astonished to find that 20 years have passed and things are a lot different. This is a charming story about how America changed due to the cival war, only in a different and more subtle way than ever told before.
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The Black Sheep
MovieJul 19, 1912

The Black Sheep

You would think that the death of his wife through his …
You would think that the death of his wife through his dissipation and neglect would have brought Jack Moreland to his senses. Instead he is more dissipated, and deserts his child, Clara, who is taken by her uncle, Harold Moreland, and brought up in ignorance of her father's existence. Harold, being a man of means, gives her every advantage, and she becomes a very talented and accomplished young lady. She is engaged to Percival Summers. After an obscurity of seventeen years, Jack Moreland makes himself known to his daughter. She is horrified to learn that he is her father and naturally shuns him. Percival Summers, shocked at the prospect of having such a father-in-law, breaks his engagement with her. Edward, Percival's brother, has always been in love with Clara, and when his brother gives her up, he declares his love for her, and being a manly and good-hearted fellow, persuades Clara to trace her father's whereabouts and help him, if possible to make a man of himself. Her father, waking up to a realization of his own wickedness, hungers for the love of his daughter, and is only too willing, when she visits him, to reform. With the assistance of Edward, they place her father in a good position and it is not long before he regains himself and becomes a creditable parent and a desirable citizen,
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The Church Across the Way
MovieJul 2, 1912

The Church Across the Way

Broken-heated by the loss of …
Broken-heated by the loss of his wife and child, John Mason, contemplating suicide, is suddenly confronted by his old mother. She greets him tenderly. Ashamed of his intentions, he dismisses her with a kiss and walks meditatively to the window, gazing at the little church across the way. Strains of music and the voices of the vested choir greet his ears. His mother joins him and together they listen to the comforting words. Not far away, a different scene is being enacted. Little Dottie Breen, with her dog Jean, is making her way towards the home of her maiden aunt, with a note stating that her mother has died penniless and has sent her to her Aunt Hester for a home and shelter. The spinster aunt, of irritable disposition, reads the note and welcomes the child grudgingly. She objects to the presence of the little girl's dog and decides to get rid of it, announcing the sale of the dog by placing a sign outside the house. Dot has ideas of her own and puts them into operation by painting a sign herself, stating that she is for sale as well as her dog. She puts on her little hat and filling a small basket with eatables, she leaves her aunt's home, wandering out into the adjacent woods. John Mason, in quest of peace of mind, is walking through the woods and discovers Dot and her dog, with the sign fastened on a tree above them. He takes the little one and her companion to his home, and makes them part of his family, bringing a new light and joy into it. Dot takes readily to Mrs. Mason and her new surroundings, and when Christmas comes, happiness reigns in the household. As they all gather around the Christmas tree, John and his mother watch the happy face of the child as she and her dog enjoy the feast of good things prepared for them.
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At Scrogginses' Corner
MovieApr 9, 1912

At Scrogginses' Corner

The general store at …
The general store at Scrogginses' Corner is the favorite lounging and meeting place for the citizens of the locality. On an eventful day a rich couple call at the store and ask Si Bunny, the storekeeper, permission to leave a bundle there, to be called for on their return. The storekeeper discovers that the bundle contains an infant. He takes it to his home and brings it up as his own. When the child has grown up to be an attractive young girl. Lee Livingston, a traveling salesman, makes love to her and induces her to leave home with him, on pretense of a visit to his folks. Old Si is broken hearted and would have killed Livingston if he had not been prevented. She discovers on her arrival in the city that Livingston is a rascal. She repulses him, but ashamed to go home, makes her living as an artist's model. The young artist for whom she poses falls in love with her and proposes marriage. She will not consent until she has returned to Si Bunny, the only parent she has ever known. The young sculptor escorts her to Scrogginses' Corner. Bunny receives her with joy and gladness, for he has always hoped and longed for her return. They get his blessing and consent to their marriage. The girl's mother, who deserted her, enters and asks her daughter to go with her. Helen rejects her overtures and remains with her "daddy" until her marriage to the young artist.
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The First Violin
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MovieFeb 2, 1912

The First Violin

Old Von Shultz, the first violin, finds as he grows older a longing …
Old Von Shultz, the first violin, finds as he grows older a longing for companionship. Hurrying from the theater the old musician finds little Helen sleeping on the steps of the stage door. He picks her up and takes her to his comfortably furnished home. The old man even grows childish, he is so pleased with the little tot's presence and he gives her the love with which his heart abounds. The next day he learns from the morning papers that Helen's mother and father were lost in a fire. He spends many happy hours with her, playing with her toys. He takes her to rehearsals with him, where she is the pet of the musicians. One year later Helen shows an aptness for the stage. This delights the old musician and the child grows nearer and dearer to his heart. A sad blow, however, comes to him when the Children's Society take the little girl away from him and once more he finds himself a lonely old man. Helen is taken from the Children's Society by a family who make her life one of drudgery. In later years, however, she is fortunate enough to come in contact with those who assist her to a place upon the stage, where she gains fame and fortune. The old violinist has lost his position. Crossing one of the streets, he is run down by a passing automobile, which is occupied by Helen and her maid. She assists the old musician into her car and Helen takes him home with her, where she learns, while she is playing a familiar air on her violin, their relationship.
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1911
The Old Doll
MovieDec 23, 1911

The Old Doll

Delia Andrews and Danny Smith are close friends. Delia has a …
Delia Andrews and Danny Smith are close friends. Delia has a doll of which she is very fond. Delia's parents move to the city. When leaving the old home she finds it a very hard trial to tear herself away from Fanny. Before leaving she presents Fanny with her old doll, and a little gold ring, which she asks her to keep always in remembrance of her. Many years later Delia marries, and Fanny does likewise. Delia enjoys all the comforts and luxuries of life, while Fanny is left a widow with a little child. She is now living in the city, but has lost all trace of Delia. To support herself Fanny takes in dressmaking. She receives an order from Delia through the housekeeper. The gown completed, she delivers it and while alone in the reception hall she sees Delia's purse on the table. In a moment of temptation she steals it. The theft is discovered. Fanny is suspected and soon the police, with the housekeeper, Delia and her husband are at the home of the poor woman. Searching for the purse they open a trunk. Delia sees the old doll. She asks Fanny where she got it. Fanny tells her and shows her the little ring. Delia clasps her to her bosom, orders the search stopped, and introduces Fanny to her husband. He and his wife make Fanny and her little baby welcome members of their household.
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Her Crowning Glory
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MovieSep 11, 1911

Her Crowning Glory

A widower becomes infatuated with his daughter's governess, to …
A widower becomes infatuated with his daughter's governess, to the displeasure of the child and her nurse.
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A Quaker Mother
MovieJun 27, 1911

A Quaker Mother

Mrs. Pearson is a little different from most mothers, at least …
Mrs. Pearson is a little different from most mothers, at least in her general appearance, for she has that sweetness and calmness of disposition, which is characteristic of the Quakeress. Lois, her only child, does not inherit her mother's sedate and quiet temperament, apparently she is no different from other girls, quite natural, and does not object to the attentions paid her by John Harmon, who is very much in love with her. Lois introduces him to her mother and her mother finds him not at all objectionable. It is not long before John and Loise are engaged and in the usual course of events, are married. John is obliged to go to Europe on business and takes his wife with him, leaving Mrs. Pearson all alone with her servants. She misses the company of Lois and her husband, and waits patiently and anxiously for their return. Several months later Mrs. Pearson receives word that John and Lois have arrived in New York from abroad, with their little baby and are stopping at a hotel and would like to have Mrs. Pearson come to visit them. While at the hotel they become acquainted with Tom Lester, a man about town, who does not hesitate to call on Lois during her husband's absence. During one of these visits, Mrs. Pearson comes from her country home to see her daughter, and with a mother's instinct she detects the embarrassment of the visitor as well as the disconcerted actions of her daughter; the dear old mother accepts her daughter's explanation, but keeps her own counsel, tries to make herself at home and is very happy caring for the baby, who has taken sick. The old lady is very fond of her son-in-law, between the two there is a mutual admiration. Lester is a persistent rascal, not hesitating to call on Lois whenever he gets the chance and endeavoring to win her affection. He persuades the young wife to elope with him; in a moment of weakness she is about to desert her baby and husband, when her mother appears and points out to her daughter the folly and shame of such a course; then drives the traducer from the room. Lois awakens to a realization of her frailty and a sense of her duty as a wife and mother, recovers herself and saves her character. A few moments after this scene, her husband enters; Lois greets him with renewed fervor and all her love, glad to know that she has been saved from herself to live for him and him alone. The dear old Quaker mother's face beams with a beatific smile of gratification, as she joins the little group. The young wife, clasping her baby to her breast, finding joy in the expression of the maternal instinct inherited from her Quaker mother.
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1909
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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MovieDec 25, 1909

A Midsummer Night's Dream

In ancient Athens, four young …
In ancient Athens, four young lovers escape into the woods. Meanwhile, tradesmen rehearse a play. All of them suffer from the shenanigans of mischievous fairies.
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Les Miserables (Part I)
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MovieSep 4, 1909

Les Miserables (Part I)

The present subject deals …
The present subject deals with the imprisonment of Jean Valjean and the incidents immediately following his release. He is first shown in his humble home, his family utterly destitute. Half-crazed by hunger and the sufferings of his wife and children, Jean breaks the window of a bake shop and steals a single loaf of bread, with which he hurries home to his little ones, who eagerly seize the crusty loaf as the gendarmes arrive to apprehend the thief. Condemned to serve in the galleys, his sentence is prolonged by his frequent efforts to escape, but at last the governor of the prison sends for him. He is given his passport, on which is entered the evil record of this law-made criminal, and with a few coins in his pocket he is given his liberty, clad in filthy rags, with matted hair and beard and without a friend in the world. The money avails him little, for the people will have naught to do with a jailbird and they turn him from their doors. He at last arrives at the home of the good bishop, who makes him welcome at his own table and offers him a bed for the night, greatly to the alarm of the women of his household. The clock striking three rouses the ex-convict, and. stealing into the bishop's room, he robs the good man of the household silver. He escapes from the house without detection, but any passing police officer has the right to inspect his passport, and Jean's appearance makes him an object of suspicion to all; no seeks to escape by flight, but is caught and confronted with the bishop in the latter's home. The officers are proud of their capture, but the man of God denies the theft, well knowing what Jean's fate will be if he is returned to the galleys: and to make more convincing his denial of theft, he hands to Valjean his silver candlesticks. "I gave these too," he declares, "You must have forgotten them." The abashed officers retire with the bishop's blessing, and his fervent prayers affect the stony heart of the convict, who kneels in prayer beside his benefactor.
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1906
Helene Costello
BirthJune 1906

Helene Costello

Helene Costello was born.
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