The editor of a small newspaper in a little town, through his unwillingness to employ as bookkeeper, Orphan Annie, has his troubles in collecting money due him for subscriptions, ... See full summary »
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William Wadsworth ...
Editor of the Coyoteville Clarion
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Orphan Annie (as Elsie McLead)
Elizabeth Miller ...
The Postmistress
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The Cowboy
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The Blacksmith
Wadsworth Harris ...
The Indian
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The editor of a small newspaper in a little town, through his unwillingness to employ as bookkeeper, Orphan Annie, has his troubles in collecting money due him for subscriptions, advertising, etc., and starts out to try and minimize the outstanding amount. His attempts at collection arc futile and he spends his last penny on a postal card, saying to one of his principal creditors that he is unable to pay and is desperate. The postmistress reads the card and soon circulates the message around the village. On his way home the editor sees an Indian bargaining for a second-hand shotgun. As the editor has a gun which is not useful to him, he strikes up an acquaintance with the Indian and agrees to sell his gun to him, offering to bring it to the village store. The village gossips recognize a man coming across the street carrying a gun as the editor. When he enters the store everybody, having heard that he is desperate, gives him some coin. He shrewdly collects it and then hies himself back... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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6 January 1912 (USA)  »

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The plot is well-planned and holds attention
23 July 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A very welcome comedy with the editor of a country newspaper as its center. This editor wasn't popular and his sheet seemed to be even less so. Bills payable in his office there were plenty; but bills receivable, unpaid, still collected and there was no money to get rid of the former. It was a rough Western district and the cowboys, not liking the "Clarion," laughed when its editor presented subscription bills; so he addressed a post-card to one creditor stating the circumstances and signed it "yours in despair." His last possession, a shot-gun, then was offered for sale. An Indian was waiting to buy it. The editor was seen coming down the street with it. He had become known as "a desperate man" and he suddenly found that he could make collections. Everyone in the general store seemed willing to pay. There is plenty of fun in the comedy. The plot is well-planned and holds attention. The photographs are good. The characters clearly set forth by good players and the audience plainly liked the picture. Perhaps it isn't quite substantial enough to serve as a feature that can be boosted by special advertising; but no bill can be a poor one that includes it. - The Moving Picture World, January 20, 1912


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