Having tramped the city day after day in search of a job and finding none, Tom Whyman is reduced to desperation. He has an invalid father to support and has spent his last cent. Honesty ... See full summary »

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Ned Finley ...
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Having tramped the city day after day in search of a job and finding none, Tom Whyman is reduced to desperation. He has an invalid father to support and has spent his last cent. Honesty having failed him, he resolves to try dishonesty. Seeing a house deserted by its occupants for the evening, he climbs to a second story balcony and enters a window. He is seen, however, by two policemen, who at once hurry toward the house. Tom sees them coming and flees as fast as he can, but being weak from starvation, they soon gain upon him and he realizes that to get away he must take a desperate chance. Tom bursts through the fire-lines in front of a burning dwelling and rushes into the house, hoping to be able to get through and out at the back and so escape his pursuers. In the house he hears the cry of a small child upstairs and rushes up to rescue it. By the time that he finds the child, the stairs are alight and it is impossible to get out of the way. He climbs to the roof, and making a rope ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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10 September 1913 (USA)  »

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Good in All of Us
16 July 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Elderly Charles Eldredge is too feeble to eat anything but milk toast. HIs son, Ned Finley, decides to steal to get his father what he needs. However, when police chase him into a burning tenement, he finds Helene Costello trapped.

Fires are a Konstantinos subject for movies, and the heroics of people who deal with them have been a popular subject from the start to this very day. Certainly the fire was a big production number for this movie, and some of the crowd shots look to include everyone on the lot and a sizable proportion of Brooklyn besides. IT's a very well done movie for 1913 and still watchable today.

If you wish to look at this film, a good print has been posted on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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