Mary's sweetheart's curiosity nearly involves him in a theft charge.
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Tom - Mary's Sweetheart
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On her birthday Mary receives a photograph of her college chum, which bears on the back the inscription, "Love from Billy." Her sweetheart, Tom, discovers the inscription, which he misinterprets, and Mary, coquettishly playing upon his jealousy, prevents him from seeing the likeness of her chum. That night, Tom, determined to see who his rival may be, enters Mary's home and is greatly humiliated when he learns that "Billy" is a girl. He hastens away, but the noise of his departure awakens Mary's father, who comes downstairs. In the meantime a maid has stolen Mary's purse and in the search which ensues Mary discovers the imprint of Tom's seal ring on an oil painting which she has recently completed. Mary suppresses the evidence against her lover and the young man is horrified when he learns next day that a robbery has taken place. He does not wish his sweetheart to know of the rash act which his jealousy incited and she, in turn, hesitates to ask Tom concerning the evidence against him... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Crime | Romance

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7 August 1912 (USA)  »

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It tells a clear story that did not require finesse in acting
15 January 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A careful handling of any situation that is at all possible can often so cover it with a film of plausibility that the mind is temporarily hoodwinked into accepting little impossibilities as natural parts of a story. The majority of spectators are more suggestible than a critic whose business it is to watch, not only for gems of art, but for flaws, and to see how any picture was made. It is, for instance, quite improbable for a signet ring, carelessly handled, to leave a plain impression on an oil painting; but we saw it do that in this picture. We doubt, though, that one spectator in ten would stop to notice the improbability of it. The quality that makes this picture an interesting offering is the skill with which the material was put together. It tells a clear story that did not require finesse in acting and didn't permit its action to drag. It is not a deep nor a substantial picture; but it gives entertainment. - The Moving Picture World, August 24, 1912


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