A young child steals a "magic wand" from the school play in order to improve the lot of her destitute mother.





Cast overview:
Jack Bronson
Harriet Parsons ...
Little Harriet - the Fairy (as Baby Parsons)
Widow Norton
Joseph Allen Sr. ...
The Stage Manager (as Joseph Allen)
Fred Wulf


The widow Morton, wretchedly poor, is forced to secure an engagement for her little girl, Harriet, in the town stock company in order to pay the rent and satisfy the brutal landlord. Harriet is cast for the role of the little fairy queen in "Cinderella," but her meager earnings are taken by the landlord and the widow lacks the medicine for her illness. Little Harriet is soon the pet of the company, and all notice her abject poverty and poor rags as she runs away from the theater each night after the show. One evening, as Harriet kisses the wan face of her mother, she thinks of the wonderful wand she uses in the play that changes the dingy hovel into a beautiful palace, and a plan enters her mind. After the show Jack Bronson, the leading man, is talking with two friends at the stage door when Harriet runs by them into the night holding something under her shawl. Instantly the old character man suspects her of having stolen something. Bronson ridicules the idea but agrees to follow the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short





Release Date:

16 August 1912 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The great trouble with the picture is the child player
21 January 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A delightful and very promising situation was quite ruined by its treatment in this particular picture. It illustrates a somewhat watery poem that had a good idea which it treated sentimentally. Its center of interest is a poor little raggedy child who got a job as fairy queen in a Cinderella production. This, as shown, seems highly improbable when there are so many more available children in the world. If her mother had been a once famous star, it might have seemed more convincing. The little tot steals the magic wand hoping to change the complexion of her mother's cheerless den through its power. This brings the manager to her attic and results in the inevitable basket of groceries. The great trouble with the picture is the child player, who never for a moment forgot the camera and was quite wooden throughout. The picture's story cannot help pleasing; but the production is almost without atmosphere.

  • The Moving Picture World, August 31, 1912

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