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A Policeman's Xmas Eve (1909)

A dainty touch of sentiment and the spirit of Christmas. John Barkman, a policeman, invests heavily in toys for his little ones. He has no time to help trim the tree, for he must hurry to ... See full summary »
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A dainty touch of sentiment and the spirit of Christmas. John Barkman, a policeman, invests heavily in toys for his little ones. He has no time to help trim the tree, for he must hurry to go on duty, but his beat takes him past the house and he promises the little wife to peep in later and see the results of her efforts. Things are different in the Carter home, for Robert Carter has been out of work for several weeks and there is little food and no money for presents. He goes out upon the street to see if he cannot earn a little money in the bustle of Christmas Eve carrying packages, but his way to the shopping district leads him past the policeman's house. He peers in and temptation overcomes him. The window is slightly raised and he climbs in. Barkman, patrolling his beat, glances into the window, and is surprised to see a burglar making away with the toys he bought for his little ones. He slips into the house, but before he can make an arrest Carter discovers the tiny stockings ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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20 December 1909 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with Three Christmas Dinners (1909). See more »

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The picture is not great, but there is a bit of heart to it
31 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

A touching little story which will set one thinking. A policeman surprises a burglar in his own house, but when the old man says that he was stealing toys for his children because he could not afford to buy them presents, the policeman investigates and, finding the statement true, turns Santa Claus himself. The picture is not great, but there is a bit of heart to it which causes one to feel the warmth of the season and brings to bear upon perhaps the most indifferent something of the influence of the Yuletide. These little home subjects, with their appeal to the heart, are always attractive and always help in creating a better attitude among those who are trying to do the best they can. - The Moving Picture World, December 31, 1909


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