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The Christmas Burglars (1908)

It is Christmas Eve. Mrs. Martin, the poor widowed mother of a seven-year-old child, returns to her cheerless apartment, after a long day's tramp in search of work, and all in vain. The ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Florence Lawrence ... Mrs. Martin
Adele DeGarde ... Margie - Mrs. Martin's Daughter
Charles Inslee ... Mike McLaren
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John R. Cumpson
Gladys Egan
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... One of Mike's Assistants
Arthur V. Johnson ... One of Mike's Assistants
Marion Leonard ... Customer
Jeanie Macpherson ... Customer
Tom Moore ... Customer
Mack Sennett ... One of Mike's Assistants
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... One of Mike's Assistants
Charles West Charles West
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It is Christmas Eve. Mrs. Martin, the poor widowed mother of a seven-year-old child, returns to her cheerless apartment, after a long day's tramp in search of work, and all in vain. The little one asks her mother if Santa Clans is coming, to which the poor, almost heartbroken woman is unable to answer. The baby then says, "I'll write him a letter to be sure to come." And so she writes on a scrap of paper, "Dear Santa, please don't forget little Margie. Me and mamma ain't got no food even. Little Margie, 114 Broome St., top floor." This she shows her mother who is unable to control her emotion. Baby then hangs up her stocking, putting the letter in it. When the little one is asleep, the mother takes the note, and reading it, is driven almost mad with helplessness. With the child's missive clutched in her hand, she takes up her cloak and hurries to the pawnshop, which is presided over by Mike McLaren, an Irish pawnbroker. Mike's reputation as a philanthropist is not very pronounced. On ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1908 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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D.W. Griffith and the King of Comedy
28 November 2003 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

It was in these 1908 films that Griffith discovered the talent of Mack Sennett as a humorous actor and the potential to be the king of comedy. By using Sennett he was displaying range between the historical drama and comedy.


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