Tom Ennis, a stalwart, sturdy fellow, is apprenticed to John Matthews, the village blacksmith, whose daughter is a likable girl. Tom falls in love with her, but her father opposes him and ... See full summary »

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Tom Ennis - the Young Blacksmith
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Tom Ennis, a stalwart, sturdy fellow, is apprenticed to John Matthews, the village blacksmith, whose daughter is a likable girl. Tom falls in love with her, but her father opposes him and Meg marries one who is her father's choice. Five years later, Meg, who is now a widow, brings her little son to see the forge, where his grandfather, now dead, worked. Tom, who purchased the blacksmith shop, is still a bachelor, slightly embittered. The presence of the young widow and her child act as a reminder of his life's disappointment. The part of the village in which this life portrayal takes place, is situated on the banks of a swift running stream. It is springtime and the freshet overflows the river and sweeps everything before it. The house in which Meg and her child live, is carried away. The child, clinging to a part of the building, is seen in the midst of the torrent. Tom rushes to the scene of the disaster and seeing the child imperiled, plunges into the waters and rescues it. He ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 November 1911 (USA)  »

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Most of the film is taken up by very realistic pictures
30 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A story of love with a climax in a time of a great freshet. Most of the film is taken up by very realistic pictures of such incidents as happen when a small river widely overflows its banks, washing away small houses which it carries, along with other debris, chicken- coops, etc., on its swirling course. No wide view of the flood is shown; we don't know how extensive nor how terrible it is. But we sec work going on in the blacksmith shop, much as usual, and conclude that no appalling horror has settled on the valley. The last scene is a glimpse of Austin, Pa., after its great flood. The blacksmith loved Meg. but her father objected and she married someone else. She became a widow. The day of the freshet he rescued her little boy from an apparently very dangerous position; he was floating on a door. The boy, later, brings about a reconciliation between Meg and the smith, who was somewhat bitter. It makes a fine picture, for the smith is played by a competent actor who has given a worthy character portrayal. It is acted well throughout. - The Moving Picture World, December 9, 1911


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