Wanted, a Child (1909)

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A poor, elderly couple with many children is tempted when the husband's brother offers to pay to adopt one of the children himself. However, when forced to choose, the parents realize they can't part with any of their children.



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Credited cast:
George Nichols ...
The Father
Kate Bruce ...
The Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson
Adele DeGarde ...
Gladys Egan ...
Edith Haldeman ...
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
Postman (unconfirmed)
Henry B. Walthall


The father is a laborer, and times being dull, the family strongbox is in an emaciated condition; hence he finds the struggle to feed the eight mouths, a wife and seven, pretty tough. But the worst comes when he finds his work shut down, for the time being, at least. The mother and father are in deep despair when a letter arrives from the bachelor brother, as follows: "My Dear Friends, As I grow old and lonely, I sometimes think I would like to have a child that would be like a son or daughter. You are always complaining that you have so many. Well, send one to me, and I will repay you with a fair sum of money. Your brother, Mark." Here is a splendid chance to lighten their burden, and so they make a round of the little cots on which the young ones are sleeping, with the view of selecting which one they will send. Well, the result is the following note: "Dear Brother, Me and my wife have thought over your kind letter. At first we were going to send you all our children, but we find we... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama





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30 September 1909 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the drama The Awakening (1909). See more »

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The Three Minute Wonder
27 October 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Having made her screen debut in 'Mrs. Jones Entertains' at the age of 17, Mary Pickford appeared in 35 more short films under the direction of D.W. Griffith before she began to launch out and write her own material. Although 35 films may seem a lot in one year, they only lasted for three minutes.

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