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The Sketch with the Thumb Print (1912)

Mr. Harry Furniss, the famous English cartoonist, and his daughter are visiting New York in search of various American types. While passing a Fifth Avenue jewelry store the daughter calls ... See full summary »
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Mr. Harry Furniss, the famous English cartoonist, and his daughter are visiting New York in search of various American types. While passing a Fifth Avenue jewelry store the daughter calls his attention to a rough-looking man who stands gazing at the diamonds displayed in the window. As the artist finishes the sketch his daughter accidentally drops a sketch of herself; the rough-looking man picks it up and in handing it to the girl, leaves his dirty thumb print upon it. Later the artist leaves the sketch hook on a park bench. The reporter, wandering in the park and discouraged at lack of news, reads a heading in a newspaper of a great diamond robbery and wishes he were lucky enough to locate the criminal. He finds the sketch book, sees the name and address of the owner on the inside and returns it to him. He asks for a sketch in return and selects the one of the daughter upon which is the dirty thumb print. In glancing over a newspaper which he has been reading, the artist recognizes ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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23 July 1912 (USA)  »

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Mr. Furniss's jolly self is pleasant to watch
1 January 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A delightful picture telling a fresh, interesting story of an artist (Mr. Harry Furniss), his daughter (Miss Gertrude McCoy) and a newspaper man (Mr. Willis Secord). Its complicated plot is kept perfectly clear while the story is unfolded. It shows us the newspaper man in wide-awake need of a good story and making intelligent use of chance meetings and apparently insignificant happenings that help him eventually to uncover a criminal who had broken into a jeweler's. The reporter proves himself a good newspaper man and at the same time wins a girl. Miss McCoy is an individual wholly unlike any one else who plays in the pictures and her originality is distinctly pleasing. She is an asset to the picture. Mr. Furniss's jolly self also is pleasant to watch. He gives an intimate friendliness to a picture. He makes the spectator feel that he too is a good fellow. Very fortunate is Mr. Furniss. Mr. Willis Secord is an actor, no one who watches his work will doubt it. Mr. Charles Ogle and Mr. Harry Eytinge also appear; we have often commended this work; they do well here. The picture is good on the score of scene making and photography. - The Moving Picture World, August 3, 1912


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