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Captain Barnacle's Messmates (1912)

Captain Bunce comes ashore after a cruise, meets some old friends and as a consequence, finds himself next morning in a strange town, with very little cash. He goes to a lodging house kept ... See full summary »

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Captain Bunce
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Captain Barnacle
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Mrs. Mulligan - a Widow
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Mrs. Mulligan's Maid
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Captain Bunce comes ashore after a cruise, meets some old friends and as a consequence, finds himself next morning in a strange town, with very little cash. He goes to a lodging house kept by a widow, one Mrs. Mulligan. He takes a room, but when asked for his rent in advance, he cannot pay it. Mrs. "M," however, is anxious to marry again and thinks she sees in Bunce an easy victim, so she takes him as a lodger, and when some weeks later he is still bankrupt, proposes that she will cancel the debt if he will marry her. Bunce consents, but as the wedding day draws near, he repents and tries to escape. She brings him back and takes away his shoes and his hat so he cannot escape. He gets the servant to send a letter to Barnacle, telling of his plight. Barnacle arrives on the scene, pretends to sympathize with Mrs. M. and to be horrified at Bunce's lack of taste and at last gains admittance to his friend. There he sternly upbraids Bunce for his conduct, but left alone with him for a minute... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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24 January 1912 (USA)  »

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This old favorite has not been seen of late
13 August 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This old favorite has not been seen of late, but once again he appears, this time to help his old friend. Captain Bunce, out of a very tight place. Bunce has met some friends on shore and as a consequence finds himself in a strange town with a very small supply of money. He seeks the lodging house of Mrs. Mulligan and engages a room. She wants payment in advance, but Bunce can't do that. However, the widow is anxious to marry a second time and sees in poor Bunce an easy victim. Once he escapes, but she brings him back and then takes his hat and shoes so he can't go again. He finds means to acquaint his old friend Barnacle with the facts and the latter comes to his rescue. While apparently sympathizing with the widow he is in reality getting means of escape to Bunce. Then ostensibly he locks him in his room and goes down to bring the minister. Instead, he goes into the back yard where Bunce is letting himself down by a rope. They start for Barnacle's boat. The widow gives chase, but they manage to reach the boat and the picture closes, Bunce smoking his pipe in peace at his messmate's fireside. It might be proper to remark that Barnacle gives Bunce a sound berating for permitting himself to get caught in such a plight. It is a fair feature, well photographed and acceptable. - The Moving Picture World, February 3, 1912


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