Billie (1912) - Plot Summary Poster



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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 pictures make a vivid impression. One of them, a wife who forgives her husband when the curse of drink has come into their lives, so impresses Billie that she decides to try forgiveness with her father. She goes to his employer and begs for his job again and in the morning when the now sober and penitent "dad" makes his appearance she gives him breakfast and tells him the good news of her change of heart due to the motion picture. Her tenderness makes a revolution in the father's heart and the picture ends leaving us with the conviction that things will be different for Billie in the future.


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