Rip, through his inability to say "no" to a proffered drink, has become the ne'er-do-well of the village. Too shiftless to work and care for his wife and little daughter. Rip spends his ... See full summary »

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Rip - the Town Drunkard
Frank Richardson ...
The Druggist
Nick Cogley ...
The Grocer
Fred Huntley ...
The Fishmonger
Frank Clark ...
The Bartender
Frank Opperman ...
The Constable
Count Alberti ...
The Sailor
Jane Keckley ...
Rip's Wife
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Rip's Daughter
Mrs. J.W. Wade ...
The Druggist's Wife (as Mrs. Wade)
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The Druggist's Daughter
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Rip, through his inability to say "no" to a proffered drink, has become the ne'er-do-well of the village. Too shiftless to work and care for his wife and little daughter. Rip spends his time fishing. And selling his catch of the day, buys candy for the children instead of taking the money home to his family. His daughter reproaches him, laughingly, and starts home with him, but Rip meets an old friend, who invites him to have a drink. Despite his daughter's pleadings. Rip goes into the saloon, where he remains until he has spent all his money and is intoxicated. On the way home, when he finally does come home, some street boys taunt him, and he in retaliation, upsets a grocer's stand, and is taken off to the village calaboose, where he spends the night. In the morning, thoroughly sober, he sees his daughter, who has not forsaken him, and the pitiful sight stirs the latent threads of manhood in him, and he resolves to do better. He is finally liberated by the kindhearted grocer. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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25 December 1911 (USA)  »

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The hero is lazy, good for nothing
12 June 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The only way in which this story resembles the oft repeated tale of the former Rip is in the fact that the hero is lazy, good for nothing and drinks too much. Arrested for some of his misdeeds, he is put in the village lock-up. There he thinks the matter over and the sight of his daughter causes him to determine to reform. When liberated he will not go home, but starts fishing instead. Then he performs a rescue of a child and is brought home in triumph as a hero. The reception his wife had arranged for him takes a different turn. The film ends with a thorough reformation and a happy and contented family. As a study in characterization the film is a success. - The Moving Picture World, January 6, 1912


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