Half a Hero (1912)
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A little country village comedy in which Mr. Costello plays a young grocer's clerk. This clerk and the daughter (Clara Kimball Young) of a G.A.R. fire-eater (Mr. Eldridge) are in love, much to the old man's disgust. He wants his daughter to marry a brave man, a soldier. AN unexpected denouement makes the clerk seem to be a hero. Moving Picture World
Joe Godfrey is only half a hero, but Mabel Kemp loves him. Mabel's father is an old G.A.R. man and sternly sets his foot down against Joe, calling him a coward because he has not done a deed of bravery to prove himself anything else. Mabel and Joe manage to get together and exchange notes in the groceries which she and her father purchase from the store where Joe works. The old man, in order to keep Mabel away from her lover, goes to the store himself, little knowing that he is acting as love's emissary, carrying in one of the packages Joe's message to Mabel. Joe plans an elopement and considers himself a hero to defy his future father-in-law and carry off his daughter. Mabel makes all preparations to get away with Joe. He is just assisting her from an upper window when some rubbish catches fire and fills the house with smoke, which arouses the father, who is busily reading in the lower part of the house. Rushing out doors, he cries for help and someone to save his daughter. Just then Joe appears in the window with Mabel in his arms, amid the cheers of the crowd and the belated fire department. He is hailed as a hero and receives the consent of Mabel's father to their marriage.
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