Mike, the Miser, is a little district telegraph messenger boy who has won the sobriquet by his closeness, and the story deals with the reasons for his closeness and also with the trials ... See full summary »

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Mike, the Miser, is a little district telegraph messenger boy who has won the sobriquet by his closeness, and the story deals with the reasons for his closeness and also with the trials which the title bestowed upon him forces into his young life. We see him first in the office of a hospital asking for information as to an operation which shall restore his little crippled sister to health. Then follows the receipt of a letter from the hospital authorities, telling him that the sum of fifty dollars will be needed. This is a large sum for a small boy whose little income is the only means of support for his widowed mother and the aforesaid little sister. But he goes bravely to work to save the money and keeps it a secret. This is why he refuses to spend his money as the other boys do; to play craps, or to buy popcorn or peanuts. Naturally his fellow messengers resent his apparently stingy character and they dub him "Mike, the Miser." They pin a placard on his back which reads: "Mike, the... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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20 January 1911 (USA)  »

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Full of pathos and humor, well expressed and sympathetically acted
2 November 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The story of a messenger boy who turns miser, so his sister can be cured of some illness. His fellow messengers revile him, and make life a burden for him, until one day he is hurt, and the letter he writes to he superintendent, asking him to hold the place, and saying why, is seen by one of the boys. Then comes a reversion of feeling, and they contribute the sum required, march up to Mike's home, and very solemnly and very formally present the purse. The sister rises to the occasion, and presents each boy with a kiss. The picture is full of pathos and humor, well expressed and sympathetically acted. - The Moving Picture World, February 4, 1911


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