Captain Barnacle receives a letter telling him that Mr. Markham, a South African whose life he saved some years ago, has died, leaving him a legacy in money and some property and jewels in ... See full summary »

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Captain Barnacle
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Jack Bunce
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Ruth - Barnacle's Adopted Daughter
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Captain Barnacle receives a letter telling him that Mr. Markham, a South African whose life he saved some years ago, has died, leaving him a legacy in money and some property and jewels in South Africa. The will stipulates that he shall visit the property in person. The captain is glad of this legacy, as it will enable him to provide for his adopted daughter, Ruth. He leaves her in charge of Mrs. Lawrence, and with his friend Bunce, starts for South Africa. They are met by Krako, the overseer of the property, who has come to drive them to it in his ox van. Bunce mistrusts him, but there is nothing left to do but follow him. He takes them to the property where Barnacle discovers that Markham has left an African wife and seven children, who want to adopt him as their father. He gets some very valuable diamonds from a safe in the house, and these excite the cupidity of Krako. He works on the jealousy of the wife and they plot with some other natives to kill the sailors as they sleep. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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4 September 1912 (USA)  »

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Just a trifle out of good taste
4 February 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Nothing could be more winsome than the way little Dolores Costello plays her role in this picture, in its opening and closing scenes. As a comedy, the picture is unfortunate. The captain's African legacy, with "conditions" and the adventures that he and Captain Bunce have in getting possession of it, are just a trifle out of good taste. It will not widely offend; but it will not widely appeal to spectators as very funny. As an adventure, it gets across better. It is only a fair offering. Van Dyke Brooke is Barnacle; Hughy Mack is Bones and Kate Price and Flora Finch are burnt-cork negresses. - The Moving Picture World, September 21, 1912


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