Willie Van Duyn's father and mother are so solicitous about him that they cannot bear to have him out of their sight or the care of his governess. Willie is a real boy, however, and has ... See full summary »

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Mr. Van Duyn - the Father
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Willie Van Duyn's father and mother are so solicitous about him that they cannot bear to have him out of their sight or the care of his governess. Willie is a real boy, however, and has natural inclination for all kinds of sports. Mr. and Mrs. Van Duyn take their boy to the country, and while they are there, he goes down to the shore of the lake, where he sees an empty boat. He jumps in, pushes out from the shore, just as his father and mother rush down to the edge of the dock, trying to induce him to come back. He accidentally overturns it and only saves himself from being immediately drowned by clinging to its side. A company of "Boy Scouts" see the accident, and immediately give the "wig-wag" flag signal to some of the boys, who are out foraging. They go to Willie's rescue and bring him safely to shore. As soon as Willie has fully recovered, he pleads with his father to let him become a member of the "Boy Scouts." Finally Mr. Van Duyn consents. When the Van Duyn's visit the camp to... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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24 October 1911 (USA)  »

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It is addressed to nervous and over-careful mothers of boys
11 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A boy scout picture with an educative purpose, it is addressed to nervous and over-careful mothers of boys. There are not a few loving mothers whose love is like too much candy and keeps their children from growing into strong and healthy men. The mother of this story (Florence Turner) was so afraid her little boy (Kenneth Casey) would get his feet wet that the poor chap didn't know how to take care of himself when he fell in the water. Some boy scouts encamped on the hillside wig-wagged a signal to their comrades on the shore of a lake ("Glimmer Glass," near Cooperstown, N.Y.) that the boy was in danger and they jumped in and saved him. Meanwhile, the fond mother was distracted on the dock. Miss Turner's emotional facial expression gives a deep heart-interest to the scene. After the scouts have resuscitated him, he is permitted to join the organization, and shows himself as good-tempered and as manly as any of them. It's a fine picture. - The Moving Picture World, November 4, 1911


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