Noah Clayton, an old coster, who has made a bit of money, lives with his daughter Liza. He is very cranky and very gouty. Henry Hawkins, a young coster, and Bill Brown, a teacher of boxing,... See full summary »
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'Enry Awkins
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Noah Clayton, an old coster, who has made a bit of money, lives with his daughter Liza. He is very cranky and very gouty. Henry Hawkins, a young coster, and Bill Brown, a teacher of boxing, and an ex-pugilist, are both in love with Liza. Old Clayton favors Bill, because he is well off. Liza likes Henry, and they meet down near the old church and do their love-making. Bill lays siege to Liza, offering her presents, which she refuses. At last he offers to take her to a music hall and she yields and goes with him. There they are seen by Hawkins, who becomes furiously jealous and upbraids Liza. She loses her temper and claims the right to do as she likes. Henry on this swears he will fight Bill, and Liza tells him not to be a fool, that Bill could lick him with one hand, and they part in anger. Hawkins meets Bill and challenges him. The result is a foregone conclusion. Poor Hawkins is knocked out and laid up in bed for repairs, tended by his landlady. Mrs. Moggs. Bill goes to the Claytons... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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13 March 1912 (USA)  »

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28 August 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Norma Talmadge's father, Van Dyke Brooke, likes his bottle -- too much, as his doctor and Norma take one away, forcing him to use the one he has hidden from them -- and dislikes he daughter's boyfriend, Maurice Costello, in this Vitagraph short film.

The humor in this one is provided by Miss Talmadge, who likes to wear a large, bedraggled feather or her hat and slug the men in her life. It's amusing, although not as much as the directors -- who are also the leading men -- would have liked. I suppose that's why Miss Talmadge wound up specializing in drama and left the comedy mostly to her sister Constance when both graduated to features. Not that Natalie couldn't be funny when the right vehicle came along; she's wonderful in the late silent KIKI.

If you want to see this film, there's a good copy on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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