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Belinda the Slavey; or, Plot and Counterplot (1913)

As an inmate of the poorhouse, Belinda is a wretched specimen of the slavey type. When Miss Finch, the keeper of the boarding house, is in need of help, she chooses Belinda as a maid of all... See full summary »

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Belinda
George Dowling ...
Grocery Boy
Florence Radinoff ...
Miss Finch - Owner of the Boarding House
Frank Lambert ...
Harry Lamb
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As an inmate of the poorhouse, Belinda is a wretched specimen of the slavey type. When Miss Finch, the keeper of the boarding house, is in need of help, she chooses Belinda as a maid of all work. She is so grateful for the chance to better her condition, she is willing to do anything for the happiness of her mistress. Harry Lamb, a gay young chap, takes board at Miss Finch's home, and falls in love with Miss Kitty, another boarder. Mr. Lamb shows Miss Finch many attentions, merely as a matter of policy. She comes to the conclusion that Lamb is in love with her and she determines that he shall be hers. Harry decides to write Kitty of his love, and at the same time, he sends his week's board money to Miss Finch. He gives the two envelopes to Belinda, she takes them to the kitchen, opens them, reads them and shows them to the grocer's boy, who is very sweet on Belinda. She knows that the boarding house keeper is in love with Lamb, and hoping to help her, takes the note addressed to Kitty... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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22 March 1913 (USA)  »

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Norma Talmadge, as Belinda, is fine
21 August 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This is the first of a series of Belinda farces that is to be released. Mrs. Breuil is the authoress and the script was produced by Burt Angeles. It is a farcical character picture and Florence Radinoff, as the boarding-house keeper, stands out in sharp contrast with the other funny characters who too often hide their humanity under the flat mask of clowns. The value of clown work comes mostly from its contrast with life, its inhumanity, and in such a picture as this, real comedy characters would have been of greater value. Mr. Dowling, who plays the grocer's boy, is comically tall and his physical peculiarity helps a good deal. Norma Talmadge, as Belinda, is fine, at times. It made some laughter, but not so much as we expected. The photography is clear. - The Moving Picture World, April 5, 1913


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