In search of curios among the South Sea Islands, Professor Hunter directs the captain of the vessel to stop at one of them. Landing with the sailors, the Professor makes his way to a ... See full summary »

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Little Bill, a Sailor
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In search of curios among the South Sea Islands, Professor Hunter directs the captain of the vessel to stop at one of them. Landing with the sailors, the Professor makes his way to a village, which is deserted by the inhabitants. Among the sailors is one Bill, a little runt, who is given to generous libations from his inseparable black bottle. They all enter a large hut, used as a temple of worship to a Billiken-like god, enthroned on its pedestal in the center of the room. The Professor esteems it as a rare specimen of barbaric art. In their anxiety to get away with it before the return of the natives, they forget all about their companion Bill. When they reach the boats, the sailors miss Bill and two of them return to the hut for him. They find him reclining on the pedestal of the god. Recognizing Bill's strong resemblance to the late occupant of the temple, they decide to fix him up a little more like the idol, await the return of the fishing party and see the fun. The cannibals ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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4 December 1912 (USA)  »

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Will wholly capture any one who loves a yarn
9 April 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A very laughable sailor's yarn by Mrs. Marshall P. Wilder. It has all the naivete of a story spun on the lazy end of a dock by an old salt, and will wholly capture any one who loves a yarn. The place is on a South Sea Island where the natives are good to a plaster god. Little Bill, a sailor (Marshall P. Wilder) and his two mates (Hughie Mack and Ned Finley) stroll into the deserted, thatched temple. Bill likes what's in the bottle on the god's knees and his two mates leave him on the grass throne taking the plaster god away with them. What comes of it will surely amuse and Director Ralph Ince deserves credit for a success. The late George Ober has a role and Robert McWade also. - The Moving Picture World, December 21, 1912


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