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Me and M'Pal (1916)

Me and Me Moke (original title)
A rich man's nephew becomes a Covent Garden porter and wins fame by painting a friendly coster.

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Edna Flugrath ...
Kitty Kingsland
Gerald Ames ...
Harry Masterman
Hubert Willis ...
Labby
Sydney Fairbrother ...
Mammy
Lewis Gilbert ...
Flash Hawkins
Douglas Munro ...
James Hilliard
Gwynne Herbert ...
Mrs. Kingsland
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Harry Masterman, a young artist, does not seem to make much headway. On the day that he receives notice that his picture has been rejected by the Academy his rich uncle, James Hilliard, visits him. Mr. Hilliard tells his nephew he cannot continue making him an allowance, and that he had better get to work. Angrily Harry refuses the offer of a job. Harry cannot find buyers for his pictures, and things get so bad that at last he decides to look for some employment. He leaves a note for Kitty Kingsland, the young actress with whom he has been on the most friendly terms. Harry's case gets worse and he is thankful to get any odd job in Covent Garden Market. There he meets the old coster, Labby, who recognizes in him the young artist who used to be his customer and who cleared out owing him five and ninepence. Harry offers to work off the debt. Labby gives him a job. He takes Harry home with him, and, after consultation with Mammy, his "missus," decides Harry shall remain and work as ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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5 February 1917 (USA)  »

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Depicts the manners and customs of the costers
6 February 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This production, written by Richard Ganthony and produced by Harold Shaw, draws once more upon the entertaining English costermongers for its material. The number is a reminder for former successes of this type, including "My Old Dutch" and "The Heart Of A Child." An English company appears in this story also, including Hubert Willis as Labby, a vegetable hawker. This character is the owner of an amusing burro, which appears frequently throughout the story and provides much of the humor. Gerald Ames portrays the part of Harry Masterman, a young artist, whose career is closely followed. Edria Flugarth plays Kitty, a young actress, with whom the hero falls in love. The production is quite strong in general atmosphere and the manner in which it depicts the manners and customs of the costers. The Covent Garden market scenes are particularly pleasing. The young artist has some very hard struggles in the early days of his profession, but endures them with the fortitude to be expected of a real one. He is forced to look for other work to keep himself afloat. He falls in with Labby, the vegetable hawker, who recognizes him as the young man who already owes him money. In spite of this he gives the young fellow employment, and the story then goes on in an entertaining way to show how the artist finally makes good. The love affair is followed in an enjoyable manner.

  • The Moving Picture World, February 17, 1917



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