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My Brother Agostino (1911)

Tomasino was a splendid waiter in a popular Italian restaurant. His earnings were not large, but they were sufficient to support a cozy and happy little home. But Tomasino grew ill. The ... See full summary »
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Pietro (as Jack Halliday)
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Tomasino was a splendid waiter in a popular Italian restaurant. His earnings were not large, but they were sufficient to support a cozy and happy little home. But Tomasino grew ill. The doctors looked at him and shook their heads. He was too sick to work and probably would not live long. He talked over the situation with his little wife, Rosiana. Instead of despairing, she bravely cheered him up. She thought over the situation and finally she had an inspiration. She dressed up in men's clothes and presented herself at the restaurant as Agostino, brother of Tomasino. Thus she did her husband's work and made money to live and to buy medicine. Now Rosa, a dancer, having left her lazy good-for-nothing husband met the supposed Agostino and fell madly in love. Rosa's husband discovered her infatuation and, filled with true Sicilian jealousy, determined to cut his rival to pieces. Everything was ready for a real tragedy, when it was averted in a strange and surprising manner, which must be ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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20 November 1911 (USA)  »

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It is artistically designed and has a comedy ending
24 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A melodramatic picture; it is artistically designed and has a comedy ending. Its background is what might he called the lesser Bohemia of New York City, an Italian danseuse and her husband and an Italian waiter and his wife being the principal parts. The dancing girl had suddenly become famous and in disgust had left her lazy husband. He suspected that she had a lover, and determined to kill him with a knife that he showed. The girl then did fall wildly in love with "Agostino," who was dressed as a man in order to take her husband's place at a restaurant as "his brother," he being sick. She follows "Agostino" to her home and her husband tracks them. The ending, as I have noted, is comic. The picture is amusing and "gets over" fairly well. - The Moving Picture World, December 2, 1911


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