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A Novel Experiment (1911)

John Smith, a successful young novelist, disguises himself as a tramp in order to study tramp life as it really is. In the course of his adventures he finds Harry Arnold, a young swell, ... See full summary »

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Eleanor Carey
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Edith Denton
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John Smith (as T.J. Carrigan)
William Bell ...
Harry Arnold
George L. Cox ...
Paul Carey
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Mr. Carey (as O.B. Thayer)
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A Real Tramp
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Pat McGann - Laborer
Fred Herzog ...
James - the Butler
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John Smith, a successful young novelist, disguises himself as a tramp in order to study tramp life as it really is. In the course of his adventures he finds Harry Arnold, a young swell, dead drunk in the streets and takes Arnold to his apartment. Arnold has proposed to and has been rejected by Eleanor Carey. Recognizing in Smith a handsome and superior man despite his ragged clothes, Arnold plots to dress the supposed tramp up as a gentleman and have him court and win Eleanor, and then to disgrace the girl by exposing Smith. One look at the girl's portrait induces Smith to enter the game, which he supposes to be a joke. Eleanor and Smith fall in love with each other and are to be married. On the day of the wedding Eleanor's chum, Edith Denton, shows to Eleanor a magazine containing a portrait of Smith and an account of his tramp adventures. The happy couple have just been married when the bride's father is the receiver of a message from Arnold telling him that Smith, the bridegroom, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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29 May 1911 (USA)  »

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The idea behind this picture is novel
1 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

A story such as this should be convincing for, aside from the main idea, it presents nothing novel nor exciting. A successful novelist might very well woo and marry a girl and keep her in ignorance that he was famous till after the ceremony, particularly the kind of man who impersonates tramps to get realism. Perhaps the reason why this story doesn't, in its early scenes, convince us that, except the novelist, its characters and their place in the story are very obscure. The novelist's tramp's costume is good enough, but it is not until Arnold proposes to Smith, the novelist, whom he thinks is a tramp, that he woo and marry Eleanor, do we pick him out from all the others as having a special part in the story. Even then this reviewer wasn't sure just why he wanted to be revenged on her. From that point on the story is clear enough. Yet girls like Eleanor don't marry men they know so little about. If the climax doesn't wholly convince us, it is well worked out. The idea behind this picture is novel to this reviewer though many plays, old and new, have approached it. - The Moving Picture World, June 10, 1911


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