Uncle Hiram is the oldest resident of the village, and has appointed himself public censor. To this end he institutes the "skunk list," to which he adds from day to day the names of those ... See full summary »

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Uncle Hiram
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Jimmie Long
Margery Bonney Erskine ...
Jimmie's Mother (as Mrs. Wallace Erskine)
Marion Brooks ...
Jimmie's Sister
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Jimmie's Sweetheart (as Leonie Flugrath)
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Lars Olesen
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Seth Jones
Alice Washburn ...
Samanthy Jones
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Jeremiah Brown - the Storekeeper
James Gordon ...
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Uncle Hiram is the oldest resident of the village, and has appointed himself public censor. To this end he institutes the "skunk list," to which he adds from day to day the names of those who trespass beyond his ideas of the lines of proper decorum. One day Jimmie Long is playing marbles, when a boy considerably older attempts to take them from him. Jimmie resents this and in the fight that follows, he lays his opponent low by striking him with a club. Uncle Hiram seeing this, though not knowing the cause, puts Jimmie on the skunk list as a coward. All pleas are in vain, and when his sweetheart scorns him, Jimmie is heartbroken. He can't eat and at night his bed is surrounded by goblins who jeer at him in fiendish glee for being a coward. Jimmie resolves to redeem his good name and to this end proceeds to lick most of the boys in the village. But Uncle Hiram refuses to erase his name. Jimmie rescues a puppy, which a man is about to drown. Again Uncle Hiram refuses. Finally Jimmie is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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30 December 1911 (USA)  »

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Uncle Hiram wasn't always a good judge
17 July 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A story of a country town and chiefly of two real characters who lived there. Uncle Hiram, the village censor, kept a "skunk list," and it kept him busy recording the failings of his fellow townsfolk. Uncle Hiram's strength lay in the fact that whatever name went down on the list, all except the name's owner could see the righteousness of having it there. But Uncle Hiram wasn't always a good judge. He got Jimmie's name down there for cowardice. Jimmie was sensitive and he made good as a brave youngster to prove himself no coward. It is gently pathetic how Uncle Hiram came to Jimmie's bedside and changed the position of his name to a place amongst the heroes. If the story isn't very convincing, it has a strong human undercurrent of reason. It also has many delightful sketches of rural life. By the way, one wouldn't mind seeing what happened to Uncle Hiram when he got the name of everybody in the village down on that list. To err is human, you remember. It oughtn't to take him very long to fill it out and then there'll be no one left to enjoy it. What is going to happen to Hiram? - The Moving Picture World, January 13, 1912


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