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The Totville Eye (1912)

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A printer and his young assistant take over a local newspaper while the editor is away.


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Cast overview:
Walter Edwin ...
Old Scotty
Yale Boss ...
Young Sammy
Robert Brower ...
Thomas Adams - the Editor
Edward O'Connor ...
The Printer
Bigelow Cooper ...
The Minister
Harry Beaumont ...
Bessie Learn ...
Charles Ogle ...
Squire Jenkins
Bliss Milford ...
Widow Dugan
Julia Reinhart ...
The Village Scandal Monger
Alice Washburn


Scotty and his young helper Sammy do the printing for the local newspaper, The Totville Eye. Scotty has ideas for improving the paper, but his stodgy editor refuses to change anything. When the editor is called away by a family illness, Scotty is left in charge. He soon puts Sammy to work as a cub reporter, and the stories in the paper's next edition are quite a bit different from its usual content. Written by Snow Leopard

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27 November 1912 (USA)  »

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A Detailed & Very Funny Short Comedy
5 August 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

With lots of detail and clever story ideas, this is a very funny short comedy that also shows a good handle on the standard film-making techniques of its era. The characters are humorous and slightly exaggerated, yet believable, and the story combines humor with a few light but worthwhile observations on human nature.

The story starts at the offices of "The Totville Eye", a local newspaper, and shows what happens to the paper when its stodgy editor is called away, leaving the printer and a young assistant to run everything. The results are quite amusing, with the young assistant being sent out as a cub reporter and completely changing the kinds of stories that the paper runs. Besides being funny, it is also sympathetic to its characters, and while very light in nature, it is not without some value as social commentary.

Yale Boss shows why he was a popular child star of the era, with several good scenes. He makes good use of his facial expressions, and provides some good moments with his imitation of the editor and with his reactions to the subjects of his stories. The cast as a whole does a good job, behaving in comic fashion without overdoing it too much. Robert Brower plays the grouchy editor to good effect.

Many of the scenes also contain some interesting details, and there is a good variety of settings. The whole thing works quite well, and it is still enjoyable to watch.

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