Captain Josiah Bartlett is the oracle of the village. He receives a note from his old pal, Sara Ruggles, telling him that his daughter Jenny refuses to marry a very worthy young fisherman, ... See full summary »

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Van Dyke Brooke ...
Captain Josiah Barnacle
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Jenny - Ruggles' Daughter - Dick's Sweetheart
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Captain Josiah Bartlett is the oracle of the village. He receives a note from his old pal, Sara Ruggles, telling him that his daughter Jenny refuses to marry a very worthy young fisherman, Dick Marlin, because he is too good. Sam and Dick arrive at the captain's home, who tells them that the way for Dick to make Jenny love him is for Dick to start on an apparent course of dissipation, and he advises Sam to forbid the match. He trots Dick off to the village "pub" and starts him drinking. He makes him try to sing songs on the village green and make a fool of himself generally. Sam contrives that Jenny shall see all this. He then pretends to fly into a rage and abuse Dick. Jenny gets sympathetic. Finally Dick whips the village bully, the butcher. Jenny goes to assure Dick of her friendship, when the latter, who gains confidence, seizes her in his arms and kisses her, proposes again and is accepted. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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30 October 1911 (USA)  »

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The courtship scenes are a bit too heavy
12 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Capt. Barnacle, wise from experience, is in a position to be the guide and philosopher to others through the tangles of courtship. Captain B. tries to help his friend Dan, who is too much of a goody-goody to suit the girl of his choice. He gets him drinking a cool stein of beer and Capt. Ruggles brings the girl past. It doesn't quite capture the lady, so they get him mixed up in a street scrap, but even that doesn't win her. Then Captain Ruggles, her father, forbids the marriage. That does the trick. Captain Barnacle and his friend are the same fine old salts and made more than one good laugh. But the courtship scenes are a bit too heavy. Mr. Costello is better in other parts; in fact, it needed a thorough-going comedian more like Mr. Johnson to keep such a situation alive. The audience laughed, but only at one or other of the seamen. - The Moving Picture World, November 4, 1911


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