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His Last Burglary (1910)

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William Standish, a young inventor, like many of his ilk, has spent time, money and energy in perfecting a machine which the engineers to whom he had submitted it are slow in deciding upon,... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Henry B. Walthall ...
William Standish
Dorothy Bernard ...
Mrs. William Standish
Dorothy West ...
The Maid
James Kirkwood ...
The Burglar
Kate Bruce ...
The Burglar's Wife
George Nichols ...
The Minister
Stephanie Longfellow ...
The Minister's Housekeeper
Francis J. Grandon ...
The Doctor
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William Standish, a young inventor, like many of his ilk, has spent time, money and energy in perfecting a machine which the engineers to whom he had submitted it are slow in deciding upon, during which time he and his little family of a wife and infant child are in poverty's clutches. Starvation stares them in the face. The baby gives them the most concern, and after a desperate mental struggle, they decide to leave it clandestinely in the minister's care. To this end they go to the minister's house at night, and being the dead of winter, they have not the heart to leave it on the stoop, so Standish climbs through the window and leaves it in the sitting-room on an arm-chair. In the neighborhood there lives a professional burglar, whose wife we see bending over an empty cradle mourning the loss of her child. The burglar, despite his calling, is moved by his wife's sorrow, and leaves the house dejectedly on an expedition. The open window in the minister's home looks rather inviting; ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A baby is an interesting subject at any time
9 March 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Here is a novel and good story, worked out with all the close attention to details for which the Biograph people are famous. To carry out the idea of a burglar stealing a baby, and one that had just been left in the house, is novel. Then, when the burglar reforms and discovers to whom it belongs and restores it during the night, another jog is given to the conventional order of things. It is impossible to realize the interest the dramatic situations excite without seeing the picture. A baby is an interesting subject at any time, and under the circumstances herewith depicted it attracts even greater interest. The ending, with the baby returned to its grieving mother and the burglar reformed, is good enough to call for more than ordinary commendation. - The Moving Picture World, March 5, 1910


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