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In Gambling Hall
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In Gambling Hall
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In Gambling Hall (as Jack Dillon)
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A young girl looking for work, is hired by a farmer's wife to work as a maid. A smooth talking peddler comes by the farm, and flirts with the young maid. He gives the naive girl an engagement ring and promises to marry her. When the peddler runs up some gambling debts, he visits the maid again and tells her they cannot marry until he has enough money to pay off his debt. While the farmer and his wife are asleep, the maid foolishly steals their money. The peddler takes the money and leaves on a train to get out of town. Overcome with guilt, the young maid runs away from the farm. Meanwhile the peddler gets into a fight and is thrown off the train. The maid stumbles upon him by the railroad tracks. She finds the money on the peddler and returns it to the farm couple before they even knew it was missing. Written by Pamela Short

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Beware of the evil peddler!
12 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I think that "An Arcadian Maid" is a film that is meant to reinforce stereotypes of the day--that traveling salesmen, and perhaps Gypsies, are bad and are not to be trusted. I know this message seems very simplistic and silly, but such messages seemed pretty common in the older silent films.

A young maid (Mary Pickford) is wooed by an evil peddler (Mack Sennett--yes, THAT Mack Sennett). He really cares nothing for her and has no intention of marrying her, but lies and convinces her to steal from her employer--and he plans on using the money to pay off his bad debts and blow town. However, because he is evil and D.W. Griffith's films are quite moralistic, by the end of the film, he is exposed and the lady learns her lesson and returns the money.

Overall, the story is very simple and reinforces some old prejudices. Not terribly exciting or compelling, though it was nice seeing the peddler tossed off the train!


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