Billie is the "little mother" of the family and cares for the two smaller children. Her father has fallen under the spell of drink. Billie has become hardened by her struggle against the ... See full summary »

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Billie is the "little mother" of the family and cares for the two smaller children. Her father has fallen under the spell of drink. Billie has become hardened by her struggle against the drink demon in her father and treats him with scant consideration. A stranger comes to town, and, having a full pocketbook and a generous heart, he is entertaining everybody at large in the saloon when Billie comes after her father. The stranger sees her walk up to the man who has been pronounced a bad and dangerous character and briefly command him to come home with her. Realizing the difficulty of the child's problem, he steps forward and offers to help her get "dad" home. Arrived at their small cottage he saves Billie from an attack by her father who has reached the 'crazed" stage of his drunkenness and they end by locking the man in his room. Then to divert the little girl the stranger offers to take her to a motion picture theater. It is the first time she has ever been in such a place, and the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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7 May 1912 (USA)  »

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Mr. Oppenheim is a poet of rare gifts
12 November 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This picture's center of interest is the heart of a brave and very human little girl, "Billie," played with much skill by Miss Margaret Shelby. The scenario is by James Oppenheim and is taken from one of his own short stories which appeared in "The Outlook." Mr. Oppenheim is a poet of rare gifts besides being a novelist and short story writer and his distinguishing quality, a sincere and sympathetic insight into the sorrows and troubles of those who are kept down, shows very distinctly in this picture. Mr. Oppenheim knows the common people and has genius, we hope he will keep on turning his short stories into photoplays. In this picture, Mr. Marc McDermott plays Billie's father, a drunken, worthless man, who is afraid of her. A stranger, played by Walter Edwin, sees the little girl's difficulties and helps her out a little. We also notice in the picture Bigeloe Cooper, Bliss Milford, Edna May Weick and Wm. Porter, Jr. It is a good picture. - The Moving Picture World, May 18, 1912


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