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Waiter No. 5 (1910)

The wife of the Russian chief of Police being a woman possessed of a noble heart, is much touched by the tales carried to her of the tyrannical oppression bestowed upon the poor. After some... See full summary »




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Credited cast:
... The Chief of Police
... The Chief of Police's Wife
... The Chief of Police's Son, as a Boy
Charles West ... The Chief of Police's Son, as an Adult
... The Chief of Police's Son's Fiancée
Grace Henderson ... The Chief of Police's Son's Fiancée's Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... In Restaurant
Clara T. Bracy ... One of the Poor
Kate Bruce ... One of the Wife's Friends
William J. Butler ... Chief of Police's Aide / In Restaurant
... In Restaurant
... A Friend
... One of the Poor
... At Meeting
... In Restaurant


The wife of the Russian chief of Police being a woman possessed of a noble heart, is much touched by the tales carried to her of the tyrannical oppression bestowed upon the poor. After some persuasion on the part of a Russian artist socialist, she makes a round among the poor of the city, and the sight that greets her almost freezes the blood in her veins. She sees them huddled like cattle, more dead than alive, slowly but surely dying for want of nourishment. So moved is she with the truth, that she becomes an ardent sympathizer and consents to become a member of the secret society to oppose the government in its present treatment of the poor. The meetings of this society are held at the artist's studio, a fact the police have long suspected. On the night of the admission of the wife as a member, a raid is planned by the police, and you can imagine the Chief's amazement as he enters to find his wife just taking the oath of allegiance. What a shock! At first he is at a loss to know ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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socialism | melodrama | russia | See All (3) »


Drama | Short





Release Date:

3 November 1910 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tjener Nr. 5  »

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1.33 : 1
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Not up to the standard which has been set by the Biograph people
27 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

A dramatic picture dealing with the downtrodden poor in Russia, then suddenly transferred to America as the principal actors are forced to fly from their native country because of revolutionary tendencies. The scenes among the poor are harrowing enough to arouse the most generous impulses and cause one to believe the unpleasant criticisms of the Czar. This portion of the film will attract attention. Then comes the appearance of the former chief of police as a waiter in a city restaurant in America, where, unknown to everyone but his wife, he works continuously until his son is old enough to marry. Some trouble develops then, but it is quickly swept away by the timely arrival of the Czar's pardon for whatever misconduct might have occurred in earlier years. The change from one country to another and the excellent acting in each of the parts do much to make this film attractive, yet it must be admitted that it is not up to the standard which has been set and generally followed by the Biograph people. - The Moving Picture World, November 19, 1910

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