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
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Jules, the Thief
William J. Butler ...
Policeman
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Policeman
Adele DeGarde ...
Neighbor
Edward Dillon ...
Down-and-Out Young Man
Frank Evans ...
Policeman
Edith Haldeman ...
The Little Child
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Bakeshop Assistant
Adolph Lestina ...
The Miser
Wilfred Lucas ...
First Crook
Charles Hill Mailes ...
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Alfred Paget ...
Policeman
W.C. Robinson ...
In Front of Clothing Store
Ynez Seabury ...
Little Kathy
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An old miser living in an east side tenement, forms quite an attachment for a little child in the same house. The old miser is reputed to keep a large amount of money in a safe in his room, and a couple of crooks decide to take a chance to get it. They enter his room by way of the fire-escape, and tying him to a chair, try to force him to tell the combination of his safe. The little child happens in the room, and to further compel him, they suspend the child out of the window on a rope, threatening to let her drop if he does not give the combination. A tramp sees the child hanging from the window and hastens to the police station for aid. On his way he passes a baker boy from whom he stole a bag of rolls, and the boy, following, has him locked up without giving him a chance to explain the object of his errand. The captain, however, consents to hear the tramp out, and sends a quartet of incredulous policemen, who receive a shock when they find the truth of the tramp's story. The child ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A Broken Heart
19 August 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – 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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