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Edna Foster ...
Billy
Wilfred Lucas ...
Billy's Father
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Billy's Mother
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Edwin August
Kate Bruce ...
One of the Servants
John T. Dillon ...
At Dock (as Jack Dillon)
Gladys Egan ...
One of the Children
Frank Evans ...
At Dock
Guy Hedlund ...
At Dock
Jeanie Macpherson ...
At Dock
Marie Newton ...
Billy's Sister
George Nichols ...
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W.C. Robinson ...
At Dock
Kate Toncray ...
One of the Servants
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A brother and sister decide to play pirates with a real boat. It becomes untied from the dock and drifts away with the kids in it. Soon it starts to sink. Their father hires a motor boat to rescue them before it's too late. Written by Anonymous

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7 August 1911 (USA)  »

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The thrilling chase of the motor boat is somewhat prolonged
5 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This Biograph film deserves special notice because of its juvenile characters. The play is unique because of the fact that children take the most important parts from beginning to end, and their histrionic ability is deserving of commendation. A bright boy having been to the theater is controlled by a passion for acting, and at a children's party produces some very creditable little plays. Going from the house to the seashore, the acting is made more real upon the water when, through the loosening of a rope, two young people are carried away in a boat upon an ebb tide. It is some time before the youthful stage manager can procure assistance in the timely arrival of his parents, who secure the aid of a motor boat to pursue the little craft, which is rapidly foundering. The thrilling chase of the motor boat is somewhat prolonged, causing the danger of the children to become very harrowing to the feelings of the beholders. The rescue is, however, timely, and a restored family made happy; a little punishment is administered to the cause of the mishap, and the youngsters are all put to bed with the parents' happy "good night," but still in his dreams the young actor continues to give evidences of the "ruling passion." There are some pretty pictures in this film, and altogether it is one to interest the family, children will like it, and parents will see that it carries the lessons of timely warning. It encourages the development of the good in the boy and rebukes the bad, and will prove helpful in suggesting the control of a "ruling passion." - The Moving Picture World, September 9, 1911


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