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The Cricket on the Hearth (1909)

After three years at sea, Edward returns home to find his sweetheart forced into an engagement with a much older man.


D.W. Griffith


Charles Dickens (short story), Frank E. Woods


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Credited cast:
Owen Moore ... Edward Plummer
Violet Mersereau ... May Fielding
Linda Arvidson ... Sister Dorothy
Dorothy West ... Sister Bertha (unconfirmed)
David Miles ... Caleb Plummer
George Nichols ... Mr. Fielding
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... Mrs. Fielding
Herbert Prior ... John Peerybingle
Mack Sennett ... Merry Andrew
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... Tackleton
John R. Cumpson ... Innkeeper
Arthur V. Johnson ... The Minister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Bernard
Charles Inslee


Because of poverty Edward Plummer leaves his family and his sweetheart May and goes to sea. While he is away, his sister Dot marries John Peerybingle. Mrs. Fielding, the mother of May, is deep in debt, and when Old Tackleton wants to marry her daughter she agrees, despite May's protest. Three years later Edward returns. At the King George Inn he learns that May is betrothed to Old Tackleton, which leaves him in deep despair. He decides to figure out if May really loves Tackleton. From a strolling actor he buys a false beard, a wig and some clothes. Disguised as an old man he visits his sister Dot, for whom he reveals his true identity. John Peerybingle realizes that it's just a disguise, but thinks the man behind it is his wife's secret lover, and plans to leave her. Meanwhile Dot tells Edward that May is going to marry Tackleton the same day, although she doesn't want to. Edward goes to May, carries her off, and marries her quickly. Tackleton gets furious at first, but is soon ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Cricket on the Hearth, The (1909)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

After three years out at sea, a man returns home to find his love has been forced into marriage with another man. Even at 11-minutes this sucker here is pretty boring, without any life what's so ever. The direction from Griffith is quite lazy but considering he made over one hundred films this year alone...I'll cut him some slack.

Resurrection (1909)

** (out of 4)

A Russian nobleman seduced and abandoned a young girl several years ago. Years later he finds himself on a jury where the girl is on trial and soon he finds himself feeling guilty. Bashing the rich, sympathy towards the poor and relgion are all on display in this Griffith short but nothing much comes out of it. The staging it a bit poor, the direction is off but the two leads deliver nice performances.

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Release Date:

27 May 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Каминный сверчок See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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