Disappointed at his failure to secure the young lady whom he intended to make his wife, Captain Barnacle becomes grouchy. He fears even the good offices of the Widow Marlin, who assists him... See full summary »

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Captain Barnacle
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Disappointed at his failure to secure the young lady whom he intended to make his wife, Captain Barnacle becomes grouchy. He fears even the good offices of the Widow Marlin, who assists him in keeping his home neat and tidy. The night is dark and stormy. The captain sits before the fireplace, meditating. A cry for help is heard. Hastily drawing on his rubber boots, putting on his oilskin coat and hat, he rushes to the beach just as the boat, filled with rescuers, is making its way to the sinking vessel. He shouts encouragement, fires the signal of approaching help and awaits the return of his brave companions. While pacing the sands, he catches sight of a raft which carries a small child out amid the breakers. Plunging into the foaming sea he tows the raft nearer the shore, lifts the little baby from it, and takes it to his home. The love of the little girl disperses his gloom and softens his heart, reunites him with his friends, bringing an element of happiness and contentment into ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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15 August 1911 (USA)  »

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Too big to play the cry-baby convincingly
3 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Habitues of the photoplay will be glad to know that though Captain Barnacle, after his unfortunate matrimonial experience, was so grumpy that even his old shipmate, that grand old salt, Captain Bunce, was afraid of him, he has now completely recovered his old spirits. He happened to rescue a bit of flotsam from the surf, a baby, and that has wakened him. The youngster will warm the hearts of photoplayers also and they should keep an eye on the films for the few weeks ensuing to see Captain Barnacle's Baby. The story is well laid out. Captain Bunce's part in it is almost as amusing as his part in "Captain Barnacle's Courtship," a picture the Vitagraph people released last winter. There is one thing that hardly any player can do and not many should be permitted to attempt. It is to play a part too young for his size. The lad who brought the toy ship to Captain Barnacle, a day or so before he found the baby, was physically too big to play the cry- baby convincingly. It's a small matter. Aside from it this delightful picture is wholly commendable. and it wasn't necessary to have the hat blown so far; but these are very slight blemishes in an almost perfect picture. The sincerity of the acting of both the scenes of truly typically American business and home life amply cloaks what slight faults it has. The employer is finely portrayed by Charles Agle, but not a whit less convincingly and in harder parts to play, Sidney Booth interprets the man and Miriam Nesbit the man's wife. Their son (Gladys Hulette) also deserves recognition. This is a thoroughly pleasing picture. - The Moving Picture World, August 26, 1911


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