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A Christmas Accident (1912)

The Giltons are next door neighbors to the Biltons. The houses are exactly alike and adjoin each other; the back yards are even unseparated by a fence. Gilton is a crabbed old money-maker ... See full summary »

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William Wadsworth ...
Mr. Gilton
Mrs. William Bechtel ...
Mrs. Gilton
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Mr. Bilton
Ida Williams ...
Mrs. Bilton (as Mrs. C. Jay Williams)
Edna Hammel ...
Cora Cordelia Bilton
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The Giltons are next door neighbors to the Biltons. The houses are exactly alike and adjoin each other; the back yards are even unseparated by a fence. Gilton is a crabbed old money-maker and childless while his wife has grown submissive through years of continual nagging. The Biltons are a happy family of seven; poverty and scrimping have not soured them. The struggle to maintain his wife and the little ones has left Bilton threadbare, it is true, but the loving wife and five pairs of little arms that crept around his neck each morning and night were worth the fight. The fact that old Gilton fumed and fussed about the children sometimes stepping over the line of his back-yard, bothered him only in so far as he disliked discord; and when Gilton's dog was poisoned Bilton was as sorry as though it had been his own, yet old Gilton accused him of having been the poisoner. Even the heart-broken sobs of Cora Corrella, Bilton's sweet little daughter over the death of her canine playfellow, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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14 December 1912 (USA)  »

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Worldview Entertainment and the Killiam Collection has released a set of nine early movies about Christmas collectively called "A Christmas Past," with an original score by Al Kryszak. This movie is the fourth one, and has a running time of 15 minutes. See more »

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Just the thing for any occasion, and all occasions
12 April 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Annie Eliot Trumbull has written a picture with true Christmas atmosphere which is something worthwhile. The holiday spirit is feeling not cold fact; one can't find it by sitting up for it and, in describing it, something more than realism is demanded. It is like the thorn that blossoms in the snow. It isn't believable except at Glastonbury. Dickens' "Christmas Carol" is also not wholly believable, but it is most convincing. And the same is true of this picture. It is a story of two adjoining houses just alike and of two families, one with no children and rich, the other, poor but blessed with five likely youngsters. It shows how the rich man refused to allow his wife to "do something" for the children next door and then by accident presented them with a turkey and so found Christmas without expecting it, like Sir Launfall. It is a clean-cut, true and wholesome offering; just the thing for any occasion, and all occasions. William Wadsworth and Mrs. William Bechtel play the rich people. Augustus Phillips, Mrs. C.J. Williams and Edna Hamel, with four other children, play the poor family and all do very well at nearly all times. - The Moving Picture World, December 28, 1912


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