Dan Gardner, a young man, is down and out. Arrested as a tramp, he is thrown into jail and forced to associate with disreputable characters. He is released and with but a single coin in his... See full summary »

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Alice Barton - the Farmer's Daughter
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Dan Gardner, a young man, is down and out. Arrested as a tramp, he is thrown into jail and forced to associate with disreputable characters. He is released and with but a single coin in his pocket. Arriving at a bridge, he gazes into the water and his thoughts turn to suicide. He reaches in his pocket, extracts the coin and flips it up. Heads he dies and tails he lives. Fate is against him and he is about to carry out the decree when his preserver, Farmer Barton, drives on the scene. Mr. Barton is bound for the village to hire a man to assist him in his farm work. Dan is more than anxious to secure employment and accompanies the kind-hearted farmer home. Dan is fitted out with clothing and takes up his quarters in a detached cabin on the farm. Alice Barton is the rosy-cheeked daughter of the farmer, and has attracted the attention of Ed White, the sheriff, who released Dan from jail. Dan and the girl are thrown much into each other's society and the new farm-hand loves her. Assisting ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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31 August 1911 (USA)  »

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Lost Imp Film Starring Mary Pickford
29 July 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A typical story theme for early silent films , this lost Imp starred Mary Pickford. A surviving advertisement for The Toss Of A Coin is all I can offer the reader by way of synopsis.

The adventures of a tramp, down and out, with every man's hand against him, forms the theme of a drama recently produced by the IMP Company. The finale is pleasing, for the unfortunate not only finds a home, but wins the hand of a lovable young woman, the daughter of the farmer, who has befriended him.

Released for August 31st, 1911, a surviving film still shows a very young Mary Pickford in the role of Alice Barton , the farmer's daughter. Mary's sister Lottie Pickford is also listed in the cast. Directed by Thomas H. Ince, The Toss Of A Coin is another frustrating loss for fans of Mary Pickford's early films and those studying the rapid evolution of this popular medium of entertainment, silent films.


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