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The Miser's Heart (1911)

 -  Short | Crime | Drama  -  20 November 1911 (USA)
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Thieves decide to steal the money an old miser has hidden away. He refuses to open the safe for them, so they threaten to kill a girl who lives in his building.



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Credited cast:
Linda Arvidson ...
Kathy's Mother
Jules, the Thief
William J. Butler ...
Adele DeGarde ...
Edward Dillon ...
Down-and-Out Young Man
Frank Evans ...
Edith Haldeman ...
The Little Child
Bakeshop Assistant
Adolph Lestina ...
The Miser
Wilfred Lucas ...
First Crook
Charles Hill Mailes ...
Second Crook
Alfred Paget ...
W.C. Robinson ...
In Front of Clothing Store
Ynez Seabury ...
Little Kathy


Kathy, a young child, has befriended the elderly miser who lives on an upper floor of the building where she lives. Today, while playing outside, she also makes friends with Jules, a homeless petty thief. Later, when she is in the miser's apartment, two violent criminals break in. They tie a rope around Kathy and dangle her out of a window, threatening to let her fall to the ground if the miser does not give them the combination to his safe. Outside, Jules sees her in danger, but to help her he must risk dealing with the police. Written by Snow Leopard

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A Broken Heart
19 August 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Early film directed by D.W. Griffith. This time, it's about a little girl finding herself in danger. Little Kathy is let alone to wander around (she looks like she could be three years old!) town; among her friends are a Miser and a Thief. While she visit's the Miser, he is burglarized. He refuses, however, to give the thieves the combination to his safe - so, they set up a life-threatening peril for the little girl. Will the Miser give up his money? Can the thief save Kathy? Will her mother bother looking for her? Those questions, and more, may be answered…

The film's little "star" sometimes needs the adults to help with her acting. The climatic "rope" ending is a little hard to follow. Lionel Barrymore is the most fun to watch in "The Miser's Heart".

*** The Miser's Heart (11/20/11) D.W. Griffith ~ Lionel Barrymore, Adolph Lestina, Ynez Seabury

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