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In the Old Dutch Times (1913)

Peter Van Horn and his wife, while making a trip on horseback, are killed by accident and a highwayman decides to impersonate Peter. Because Hulda, Peter's little daughter, smiles at him, ... See full summary »

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Helen Coughlin ...
Hulda Van Horn
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The Highwayman - Alias Peter Van Horn
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The Innkeeper
Maggie Weston ...
The Innkeeper's Wife
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The Blind Botanist
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Hans - The Tender of Geese
Charles Sutton ...
The Burgomaster
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Peter Van Horn and his wife, while making a trip on horseback, are killed by accident and a highwayman decides to impersonate Peter. Because Hulda, Peter's little daughter, smiles at him, the highwayman's heart is softened and Instead of putting her out of the way, he takes her to a roadside inn and leaves her in the care of the mercenary innkeeper and his shrewish wife. He then goes to Rotterdam to pose as the heir to the Van Horn estates. Five years later Hulda is very unhappy. The innkeeper and his wife have made a little drudge out of her. She is dressed in rags, made to work hard and frequently beaten. One day Hulda goes to the spring for water. Frightened by a flock of geese, she drops her heavy pitcher and it breaks. Hans, the goose tender, comes to her aid and promises to protect her from the ferocious monsters. Hulda forgets her troubles and she and Hans go dancing to the spring hand in hand. Just as Hulda and Hans have discovered that Hans is a fairy prince and is going to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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11 July 1913 (USA)  »

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Though not strong, is pleasingly fanciful
6 October 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

There is a good deal of prettiness in this picture and the story, though not strong, is pleasingly fanciful. It is a sort of fairy story without the miraculous, and its heroine is a little girl of New Amsterdam, heiress to a great fortune in Holland, who has been kidnapped by a freebooter, claiming to be her father for the fortune's sake. She has been left in charge of a brutal innkeeper's wife and has a hard time, but makes friends and at length comes into her own. The especially noticeable figures in it are the benevolent-looking highwayman (Richard Neill), the heroine (Helen Coughlin), and Hans, the gooseherd (Bessie Learn). The script is by Richard Ridgely. The photography is only fair. - The Moving Picture World, July 26, 1913


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