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Ynez Seabury ...
Sunbeam
Kate Bruce ...
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Set in a tenement boarding house, a lonely confirmed bachelor occupies a room across the hall from a dour spinster. Children run amok in the hallways playing pranks. Believing the bachelor perpetrated one particular prank, the spinster woman enters his room to confront him. She is followed by a neighbor child. Meanwhile, the other children have stolen a scarlet fever quarantine sign and posted it on the bachelor's door. The police, unaware that the quarentine sign is a prank, enforce the confinement. But aided by the sweet disposition of the toddler quarantined with them, the icy relations between spinster and bachelor begin to thaw, . . . Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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A Cute Film About Inadvertent Matchmaking
24 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are a lot of little things that happen in this short silent film, done in 1912. In a nutshell, though, circumstances bring a plain old maid, an equally unattractive middle-aged guy, and a soon-to-be orphan all together to live (hopefully) happy ever after.

This matchmaking feat is accomplished the by the young girl's nerve and prankster kids nearby. The kid walks into people's apartments as if she lives there and winds up softening the old codgers. The other kids, by playing tricks with doorknobs and fake "Scarlet Fever" signs, inadvertently wind up playing cupid.

Overall, this was a pretty clever and fairly entertaining little silent movie. Ynez Seabury, as the little girl, can be seen looking at the out-of-sight director several times but, hey, it was just beginning of movies. Not everyone could be a Shirley Temple. Claire McDowell was good as "the spinster" and Dell Henderson adequate as "the bachelor." It's a cute film.


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