Everybody's ordered out on a strike when Benjamin Cohen, proprietor of a sweat-shop, reduces the employees' wages ten per cent. Rebecca Barish, a young Jewess, and her father, reluctantly ... See full summary »

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Barish - the Father
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Everybody's ordered out on a strike when Benjamin Cohen, proprietor of a sweat-shop, reduces the employees' wages ten per cent. Rebecca Barish, a young Jewess, and her father, reluctantly go out with the rest. Unable to find other work, their circumstances become so reduced that Rebecca is obliged to go to the pawnshop with some of their belongings, and while there, Jacob Stattler, the pawnbroker, takes a fancy to her, and offers her father, through a schatehen, five hundred dollars to give her to him in manage. Rebecca is almost heart-broken when she bears the proposition and that her father has accepted it. Sammy Bertram, her sweetheart, calls to see her and when she imparts the news to him, he is almost beside himself. Sammy lives with his uncle, an invalid of considerable means, who loves his nephew because of his kindness and the solicitude he has for him at all times. He tells his uncle of his trouble and he at once becomes interested and tells Sammy to wheel him in his invalid ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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13 May 1912 (USA)  »

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The reel is certainly interesting, but not powerfully emotional
14 November 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A picture dealing with Ghetto life, its problems and customs. It illustrates the work of the matrimonial broker, the schatchen. The characters, with one exception, are not Jewish nor like Jews; but this fact doesn't hurt the picture except that it keeps it from giving any convincing impression of realism. They are sweat-shop characters, and times are hard. The pawnbroker has money and falls in love with the girl, through the schatchen, he offers $500 as a dowry, and the girl's father persuades her to accept. The hero and the girl, who really loves him, are in distress, but fate, at the last moment, proves kind. The acting is good, as is the photography. The reel is certainly interesting, but not powerfully emotional. - The Moving Picture World, May 25, 1912


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