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The Baby of the Boarding House (1911)

In a modest boarding house, kept by a widower with a small baby, there are among other boarders are two young men, one a steady and industrious worker and the other an idler. By his ... See full summary »
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Gertrude Clarke ...
The Landlady
Edwin Clarke ...
The Responsible Young Boarder
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The Irresponsible Young Boarder
Trixie Dinsmore ...
The Girl
Margery Bonney Erskine
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In a modest boarding house, kept by a widower with a small baby, there are among other boarders are two young men, one a steady and industrious worker and the other an idler. By his persistency and boldness he works himself into the good graces of the industrious young man's sweetheart and succeeds in making quite an impression on the young lady as well as her parents, who extend an invitation to him to attend the theater, which of course he accepts. The next evening, just as he is getting ready to dress for the theater party, the widow who keeps the boarding house compels him to mind her baby while she does some marketing. Being indebted to her for a considerable amount of money, he cannot very well refuse, and the poor "four-flusher" has an awful time of it, trying to shave himself and pacify the squalling baby at the same time. Meanwhile the young lady and her parents, tired of waiting, come to his lodgings to ascertain the cause of his delay. They arrive just in time to hear the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Comedy | Short

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10 May 1911 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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It is hard to see how this picture could have been made better
25 January 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The object of this picture is to contrast the characters of two young men, one an idler who probably merely needs to be wakened up, the other an industrious plodder, intelligent but not "smart." It is not highly dramatic, but so true that it might pass as a slice of real life. It is a play that gives half a dozen actors a chance to do creative work in imagining each a character. They are all good, but perhaps the boarding house keeper, mother of the baby, is the best. Her indignation at the situation, as she see it, is natural, and she pictures it well, though her trusting her baby with the idler was a good recommendation for him. He really looked for a job next morning, though the play didn't show it. It is hard to see how this picture could have been made better in any way, mechanically or artistically. - The Moving Picture World, May 27, 1911


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