Tony, a young married Italian, finds his purse depleted and hunts in vain for a job. He talks imperfect English and that is a handicap as well as his ignorance of the work he seeks. After ... See full summary »

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King Baggot ...
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Lucille Young ...
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Tony, a young married Italian, finds his purse depleted and hunts in vain for a job. He talks imperfect English and that is a handicap as well as his ignorance of the work he seeks. After many trials, to return home almost distracted, he accosts an agent who is hiring men to work on the construction of a railroad many miles from his home town. Tony insists that he be given work and is finally taken on. He runs to his home to convey the glad tidings to his wife, who is overjoyed at the prospect. Tony packs his belongings in a bag and joins the gang. The story reverts to his employment and he receives a letter, informing him that his wife is an inmate of a hospital and that he is a father. The Italian is wild with glee and draws his wages and hastens home. Arriving, he starts for the hospital all expectation. On the way he childishly invests a goodly portion of his savings in a baby carriage, a doll and other toys to carry to his child. When he reaches the hospital, he rushes in and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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7 December 1911 (USA)  »

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It should make a hit with any audience
3 June 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

One of the most human of recent releases, and it should make a hit with any audience. The interest all centers in the actor who plays the part of Tony and the phases of his emotions when he learns an heir is to arrive; his successful search for work; his five months' absence, during which the stork has arrived; his return home and his progress to the hospital with a carriage filled with toys. Then comes an emotional feature when his wife and baby are reported dead. In a frenzy of grief he attacks the doctor in charge, but when taken to sec them discovers that it is not his wife at all and his despair gives place to the most effusive joy, during which he hugs the nurses and everyone else within reach. Nor is this joy abated when the nurse arrives and shows him two babies instead of one. There is such a strong presentation of human emotion in this film that the audience finds itself sympathizing with Tony in his emotions. - The Moving Picture World, December 16, 1911


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