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Captain Barnacle, Reformer (1912)

Ebenezer White is a hard-fisted money-lender. His son Ned is a scapegrace and is turned outdoors by his father. Ned tries to reform, however, and asks for another chance. White refuses to ... See full summary »

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Captain Barnacle
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Captain Bunce
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Ned - the Whites' Son
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Ebeneezer White
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Ebenezer White is a hard-fisted money-lender. His son Ned is a scapegrace and is turned outdoors by his father. Ned tries to reform, however, and asks for another chance. White refuses to give him one. Barnacle drops in in the midst of this family row, to pay his rent, to White, who is his landlord. Ned in despair drowns his sorrows in drink and is thrown out of the village saloon. He is found by Barnacle, who takes him to his home, sobers him up and with the help of Ruth, makes him feel the comforts of home life. Then with the assistance of Bunce, he gets him a berth aboard ship, and lends him money enough to start life anew. Time passes, Ned makes good and writes his mother that he is coming home from his first voyage and will meet her at Barnacle's, as he does not want to return home till his father asks him. The night Ned reaches home, there is a storm off the coast and a ship is wrecked. Ned nearly loses his life in rescuing the passengers. As he is lying at the point of death, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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11 November 1912 (USA)  »

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It has newly conceived characters
9 March 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The Captain Barnacle stories have all been very popular, and while this is not so good as the best, it is better than the average. We miss Bunny's Cap'n Bunce; but though the player who takes the role is not our most amusing friend, he does very well. Cap'n Barnacle is still played by Van Dyke Brooke, who, as of old, also produces the picture. The scenario is by W.L. Tremayne and the story is at least in outline, not new; yet it has newly conceived characters and much freshness. One of its scenes is a thunder storm in which the lightning flashes around the captain's little cabin in a very effective way. A ship has come ashore on the beach and this gives Cap'n Barnacle's protégé, the young man whom he has reformed, a chance to prove himself a hero. Afterward Barnacle manages a reconciliation between this lad and his crusty old father who had disowned him for drunkenness. In the cast. Hughie Mack plays Cap. Bunce: Norma Talmadge, Cap. Barnacle's daughter; Courtney Foote, the lad; Robert McWade, the miserly father; and Mrs. Maurice, the mother. - The Moving Picture World, November 16, 1912


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