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The Sea Urchin (1913)

 -  Short | Drama | Romance  -  22 August 1913 (USA)
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Barnacle Bill, a hunchback fisherman, rescues a child from the sea. He brings her up in the hope of making her his wife, but she eventually falls in love with a young man her own age.


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Cast overview:
Jeanie Macpherson ...
The Girl
Barnacle Bill
Robert Z. Leonard ...
The Stranger
Lawrence Peyton
Gertrude Short


Hunch-backed Barnacle Bill discovers a young girl washed up on shore, the lone survivor of a shipwreck. The fisherman raises her and she agrees to marry him out of gratitude. Meanwhile a young man enters her life and the two fall in love. Angry at first, Barnacle Bill finally accepts she will never love him and he walks out of their lives forever. Written by Pamela Short

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Lon Chaney's First Hunchback Character
30 June 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Lon Chaney plays " Barnacle " Bill, a hunched-backed fisherman who raises a little girl, ( Jeanie Macpherson ) the sole survivor of a shipwreck. Ten years pass and the girl has grown into a beautiful young woman , promising to marry the fisherman out of gratitude. Meanwhile, Bill has hired a handsome young man, ( Robert Z. Leonard ) and soon he and the girl fall in love. Remembering her promise to Bill, she sadly tells the young man they can never marry. Bill happens upon the two embracing and angrily threatens the young man with a knife. The next day the three set out fishing , and a heated argument begins leading to a vicious fight. The boat tips over and the men frantically search for the girl who has been washed away. Exhausted the young man collapses on the shore , but Bill finds the girl washed up on a rock and swims with her back to the shore. She immediately rushes to the young man and Bill now realizing she will never love him , throws his fisherman's sack over his shoulder and walks out of their lives forever.

Moving Picture World declared this " One of the strongest seacoast stories we have seen... A memorable offering , with some vivid scenes along a picturesque coast."

This lost film was directed by Edwin August and was probably the first for Lon Chaney to use his brilliant skills with makeup and disguise.

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