Cupid and the Motor Boat (1910)
An old fisherman and his pretty daughter are shown gathering in the nets. When they are gone, a yachtsman arrives in a handsome motor yacht. A tough-looking sailor helps him land. The sailor is allowed to look through a pair of field glasses carried by the yachtsman. Meanwhile the fisherman and his daughter return, and the latter and the yachtsman cast admiring glances. The yachtsman suggests a short trip, and the delighted girl handles the steering wheel. A present of the field glasses is made to the girl by the yachtsman, and when the sailor, who loves the girl, learns this, he reproves her. She orders him away and he leaves, vowing vengeance. The jealous sailor forms his plan, then invites the yachtsman to try his hand in managing his sail boat. While the yachtsman's back is turned, the sailor pushes him into the water. The girl sees this incident through her field glasses, and, rushing to the motor boat, informs the engineer. They go to the yachtsman's rescue and arrive just in time. Now the yachtsman's life belongs to the girl, and he has no trouble in winning his suit.- Written by Billboard synopsis
An old fisherman and his pretty daughter are shown gathering up their nets, which they place in a boat, and row out to sea to set the nets. While they are gone a handsome motor yacht arrives at the dock and the yachtsman throws a line to a tough-looking sailor who is loitering around. The owner of the yacht steps ashore and greets the sailor, who accepts a tip and casts envious glances at the well-groomed yachtsman. The sailor is allowed to look through a pair of field glasses which the yachtsman carries. Meanwhile the fisherman and his daughter have set their nets and returned to the dock, where the old man is helped out of his boat by the yachtsman, who also assists the girl, and mutual glances of admiration are exchanged. The fisherman admires the trim-looking yacht, and both are invited on board, where the engineer explains the motor to the old man while his daughter is allowed to handle the steering wheel as a short trip is made around the bay. The girl is so delighted with the view obtained from the binoculars that she is asked to keep them, but modestly declines. The trip over, the girl and her father bid goodbye and return to their cottage. She is accosted by the sailor, who is evidently in love, but he is dismissed. The yachtsman wishes to renew the acquaintance, so he wraps up the binoculars and sends them by a boy to the fisher lassie with the following note: "Will you kindly accept this gift from the skipper of the Runaway. I hope to see you again. Your sincere admirer." The girl shows the note to her father and asks him if she should accept the gift, and he consents, seeing that it will give her pleasure. The sailor has followed to renew his love-making, and seeing the binoculars, upbraids the girl for receiving presents from a stranger. She orders him off the premises and he leaves, vowing vengeance. Days passed by and frequent meetings, but the yachtsman could not persuade the simple fisher maiden that her lowly position should not prevent her from becoming his wife. The jealous sailor was aware of this and determined to get the skipper out of the way. He invites him to try his hand at managing a sailboat, and, while the yachtsman's back is turned, pitches him overboard and leaves him struggling in the water. The girl who has been watching through the binoculars, sees this, and, rushing to the dock, tells the engineer of the motor boat to go to the rescue. He explains that he cannot manage the engine and steer at the same time. "You to the engine; I'll take the wheel!" she cries, and off they dash to reach the exhausted man just in time. The girl jumps in and holds him up, while the engineer lowers the steps. Now that his life is hers, the yachtsman has no trouble in winning his suit, and a summer idyll comes to a close by the old fisherman giving his consent to the union and overjoyed at his good fortune.- Written by Moving Picture World synopsis
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