"Honesty is the best policy" is the lesson which little Malcom's mother taught him when he innocently committed a theft. Malcom's little heart aches for his mother when he sees her sick and... See full summary »
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"Honesty is the best policy" is the lesson which little Malcom's mother taught him when he innocently committed a theft. Malcom's little heart aches for his mother when he sees her sick and penniless; he longs to do something to help her. He prays fervently that God may give him this opportunity. Sunday morning he goes out upon the street to beg; everybody ignores him. He passes a church and follows the people, who are entering. He is carried away with the grandeur and solemnity of the place, and when the warden is passing the collection plate, the little boy thinks when he sees the money on it that it is a direct answer to his prayer. Instead of contributing, be helps himself to a bright, shining silver piece. Overjoyed, he runs home to his mother. When he tells her how he got it, she points out his mistake and tells him he has innocently committed a theft and makes him take the money back to the church, which he finds closed. He makes his way to the minister's house, returns the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 May 1912 (USA)  »

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Stealing from God
17 September 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Helen Gardner is so sick she can't get out of bed. There's no food nor money in the house, so her son, Kenneth Casey, steals money from the collection plate at church. What happens next is a surprise to him in this Vitagraph short.

Master Casey is very broad in his actions, and by 1912, this stagy style of acting was well out of favor in the movies. Although, had he continued as a performer, he would have learned better, he settled into another part of show business, becoming a composer and a songwriter. His best-known tune is "Sweet Georgia Brown". The other actors are fine, including Charles Kent as the minister; his presence in the cast makes me think that he is the director of this uncredited short that urges forgiveness and help, rather than punishment.

A good copy of this movie has been posted on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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