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The Transformation of Mike (1912)

Mike breaks into an apartment to steal an old man's money, not realizing it's his girlfriend's father. When he discovers whose apartment it is, he begs her for forgiveness.





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Credited cast:
The Tenement Girl
The Tenement Girl's Brother
William J. Butler ...
The Tenement Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce ...
A Neighbor
Christy Cabanne ...
In Bar (as W. Christy Cabanne)
Max Davidson ...
John T. Dillon ...
A Policeman / At Dance
Frank Evans ...
A Policeman
At Dance
Grace Henderson ...
At Dance
J. Jiquel Lanoe ...
In Bar / At Dance
Joseph McDermott ...
In Bar / At Dance
At Dance
W.C. Robinson ...
In Bar / At Dance


Mike, a gang leader, never before knew what power there was in a good woman's persuasion, and when he met the little girl of the tenement he involuntarily exclaimed, "There's a real girl." At a dance given in the neighborhood, he hunts for her and despite the efforts of her friends to oppose it, she promises to be his girl. The next day, while in the corner saloon, he sees a bill collector with quite an amount of money. He attempts to get this money and is about to succeed when he discovers that the collector is the father of the girl. He now fully realizes how despicable he is, and handing back the money, he goes with a promise to prove himself worthy of her. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Crime | Short | Drama





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1 February 1912 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Incidents of the usual, outworn kind
5 September 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A melodrama of the underworld with incidents of the usual, outworn kind, such as escapes down a dumbwaiter, the escape of the crook with the help of his sweetheart, etc. The picture's story shows a gangster reformed through love. The meeting of this youth and the girl and the progress of the romance at the dance hall and on the stairs of the tenement, etc., are often pretty, but not very new or vital. The gangster got a glimpse of money in the possession of a collector who was the girl's father, but he didn't know this. He broke into his rooms at night. The girl's small brother got down the dumb-waiter and brought the police. But in the meantime, the girl and the gangster have recognized each other and when the police arrive, she helps him to slip away, not very convincingly. It will serve as a very fair filler, because it was artistically posed and photographed, even if it wasn't very convincingly written or acted. - The Moving Picture World, February 17, 1912

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