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Bobby, the Coward (1911)

Bobby's girlfriend thinks he's a coward when he refuses to fight a gang of toughs after they insult him. But when the gang breaks into his apartment, he fights them off, and wins his girlfriend's respect again.


D.W. Griffith


Dell Henderson


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Credited cast:
Robert Harron ... Bobby
W. Chrystie Miller ... Bobby's Grandfather
Gladys Egan ... Bobby's Sister
Florence La Badie ... The Girl Next Door
William J. Butler William J. Butler ... The Father of the Girl Next Door
Verner Clarges Verner Clarges ... Rich Husband
Grace Henderson Grace Henderson ... Rich Wife
Joseph Graybill ... First Thug
Guy Hedlund ... Second Thug
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Dillon ... On Street
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... A Policeman (as Jack Dillon)
Edna Foster ... On Street
Francis J. Grandon Francis J. Grandon ... A Policeman
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... On Street (as Jaque Lenor)
Walter Long


A little family, consisting of the old grandfather, Bobby and his sister, are in dire straits. Bobby has for some time been the little father of the family, but now, being out of work, he daily scans the newspaper in search of a clue of some employment. On this particular morning he starts out, but, as has been the case many times before, is unsuccessful. Coming home he is insulted by a couple of street thugs and fails to resent the insult, which occurrence his sweetheart witnesses, and brands him a despicable coward. This is rather a heavy blow to Bobby at such a time, when the whole world seems set against him, but on another occasion, when with renewed determination, he starts out again to look for work, he finds a lady's purse containing a large amount of money. The temptation is great to keep the find, but Bobby's honest nature repels this temptation, and he seeks out and returns to the lady her loss, receiving a note of a large denomination as a reward. The thugs see this and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







Release Date:

13 July 1911 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Referenced in Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) See more »

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It shows far more truth than would be possible in a theater
15 March 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Melodrama takes place after true drama chiefly because it aims to give a thrill rather than an edifying emotion. This more than ordinarily interesting Biograph picture uses the melodrama's privilege of playing to the gallery only in one scene, its climax, in which the hero, a rather slight lad, disposes of two burly gangsters who are armed. From the gallery's viewpoint and from the moralist's immediate viewpoint, this is a virtue. Aside from this, the picture is true enough to life to be instructive. It's a story of the slums and it is dramatic enough to be sure of success even if put on the stage in the old way. While not absolutely realistic, it shows far more truth than would be possible in a theater. It is as human as it is well acted. The boy is a physical coward because he has nothing in his stomach; but even then he is brave enough to return the lady's lost pocketbook. He gets a reward and a job too. The gangsters see the money and trail him home. Fortunately, they do not make the attempt to steal the money till he has had a good dinner and he knocks them down and ties them. The acting is remarkable, especially that of the girl who plays his little sister. Real street scenes with slum crowds passing unconsciously were used as background; nothing could be more realistic. The incident when the lady visiting the slums asks a little girl what she is going to put in the tin pail is delightful. Taking it as it comes, it is the most interesting picture this reviewer has seen since the patriotic releases just before the Fourth. - The Moving Picture World, July 29, 1911

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