Bill Simmonds is a poor coster with a large family. His wife is a good woman, but with rather a short temper. The daughter Sue, the eldest, is their great comfort and the peacemaker of the ... See full summary »
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Bill Simmonds
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Sarah Simmonds, Bill's Wife
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Sue Simmonds, Their Daughter
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Harry Gettings, A Young Traveling Salesman
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Mr. Hallet, a Lawyer
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Mr. Spriggins, the Landlord
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Joe Simmonds, Bill's Cousin (as Robert Gaillord)
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Jenny Simmonds - Youngest Daughter (as Adele De Garde)
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Bill Simmonds is a poor coster with a large family. His wife is a good woman, but with rather a short temper. The daughter Sue, the eldest, is their great comfort and the peacemaker of the family when things go wrong. The first pictures show the Simmonds family life, and Harry Gettings, a young coster who is paying court to Sue, with her parents' consent. One day, to the old Kent Road comes Mr. Mallett, a lawyer, who tells Bill that his uncle at Camberwell has quarreled with his only son, and dying, has left his house, a yearly income and his donkey and "shay" to Bill. Joy reigns in the Simmonds household. With money that Mallett advances they buy fine clothes, and Bill, in a new corduroy suit, drives the family in his newly acquired "shay," much to the admiration and envy of the Road. But Bill does not now think that Harry is good enough for his daughter, and breaks off the match, to poor Sue's great unhappiness. They remove to the cottage at Camberwell and put on great airs, but ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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30 April 1912 (USA)  »

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It makes what may be called a good heart-comedy
12 November 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Mr. Van Dyke Brooke adds, in this picture, another very human characterization to his already admirable list. The "Old Kent Road" seems to stand for a fairly well defined station in life. Lowly it is; there's little room for vanity on the Old Kent Road. The old man and his family, Kate Price plays the mother, Miss Clara Kimball Young plays Sue, Mr. Costello plays Sue's costermonger sweetheart, Harry, were well content until he gets a legacy. He and the family move out of the "Road," and their moving out is worth seeing. He now thinks Harry isn't good enough for Sue. All this, as well as the train of circumstances that brought him back again to the "Old Road" and to the old simplicity and contentment, are told in a delightfully, humanly droll way. It makes what may be called a good heart-comedy. It isn't played for the loud laughs. It is very good. We notice in the picture also, Chas. Eldridge, Robert Gaillord and Miss Adele de Garde. - The Moving Picture World, May 18, 1912


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