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The Samaritan of Coogan's Tenement (1912)

The little house so dear to Billy and His mother is lost to them through foreclosure. He cheers her by telling her to come with him to the city, where he will provide for her. Their ... See full summary »

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(as Frederick E. Wright)
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Billy
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Red Maguire - the Gangster
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The little house so dear to Billy and His mother is lost to them through foreclosure. He cheers her by telling her to come with him to the city, where he will provide for her. Their straitened circumstances force them to take quarters in a tenement section inhabited by gangsters. During one of Billy's trips from home in search of employment, the mother hears sounds of someone falling and rushing into the dingy hallway arrives just in time to see two gangsters beating up another, Red Maguire. With the assistance of a young girl of the tenements, the mother helps the injured man to her own apartments, where she bandages his wounds. The heart of the gangster is touched by the mother's kindness to him and he vows never to forget her. Returning home one evening Billy falls ill with the gangsters and goes to the docks, where drinking and gambling are indulged in. Billy is led to drink and before long is helpless. Anxiety of the mother over Billy's absence causes Red Maguire to go in search ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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26 November 1912 (USA)  »

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It is not what could be called a strong picture
6 April 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A picture that will entertain and please and that the audience seemed to enjoy. But it is not what could be called a strong picture. One feels that more might have been made from the scenario, which seems well written. The author is Frederick E. Wright. Its one weakness lies in the fact that not one player in it was well cast. Of course, Arthur Johnson is never less than himself, even when playing a farmer or a workingman, but he is never at his best in such parts. Lottie Briscoe, as a tenement house girl, is more convincing, but, as usual, hers is the romantic part. Clara Lambert plays the old mother of the farmer lad who cannot pay a mortgage on his farm and comes to the city to find work. He gets into trouble until "Red," the gangster and the Samaritan, helps him. Except for the choice of players, the picture is well produced. There is some humor in it, and it also holds interest. Jack McDonald is "Red," and is comical if not convincing. - The Moving Picture World, December 14, 1912


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