Delia Andrews and Danny Smith are close friends. Delia has a doll of which she is very fond. Delia's parents move to the city. When leaving the old home she finds it a very hard trial to ... See full summary »
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Delia Andrews and Danny Smith are close friends. Delia has a doll of which she is very fond. Delia's parents move to the city. When leaving the old home she finds it a very hard trial to tear herself away from Fanny. Before leaving she presents Fanny with her old doll, and a little gold ring, which she asks her to keep always in remembrance of her. Many years later Delia marries, and Fanny does likewise. Delia enjoys all the comforts and luxuries of life, while Fanny is left a widow with a little child. She is now living in the city, but has lost all trace of Delia. To support herself Fanny takes in dressmaking. She receives an order from Delia through the housekeeper. The gown completed, she delivers it and while alone in the reception hall she sees Delia's purse on the table. In a moment of temptation she steals it. The theft is discovered. Fanny is suspected and soon the police, with the housekeeper, Delia and her husband are at the home of the poor woman. Searching for the purse ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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23 December 1911 (USA)  »

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To make a character steal is always likely to weaken our sympathy
12 June 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The opening scene of this delightful comedy of sentiment is an old- fashioned primary school with Bunny as the kindly master. This scene introduces the old doll which is subjected to very hard usage by one of the boys. There is a very pretty sentiment running through this first group of scenes. They picture a close friendship between two little girls who are separated and as they part, the doll is exchanged for a ring; that was so each could remember the other. From that separation the picture jumps through some twenty years. We see the marriage of one of the girls to a rich man and are shown that the other has become a poor widow. She makes the dresses of the rich woman's housekeeper. While at the house, she steals a handbag, because she is so poor, but is filled with remorse. The police searching her rooms, the rich woman and her husband being present the doll is found, and the poor woman recognized and forgiven. Of course, to make a character steal is always likely to weaken our sympathy. Aside from this weakness, if it is one in this case, the picture is unusually good. - The Moving Picture World, January 6, 1912


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