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The Italian Barber (1911)

Tony, the barber, on his way to the shop meets little Alice, the newsgirl, who runs a stand on a neighboring corner. He at once becomes smitten and can think of nothing else. Later they are... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith




Credited cast:
Joseph Graybill ... Tony
Mary Pickford ... Alice
Marion Sunshine ... Florence - Alice's Sister
Mack Sennett ... Bobby Mack - Florence's Fiancé
Kate Bruce ... The Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donald Crisp ... At Ball
Edward Dillon ... At Ball
John T. Dillon John T. Dillon ... In Shop (as Jack Dillon)
Robert Harron ... Buying Newspapers
Henry Lehrman ... Buying Newspapers
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... Buying Newspapers / At Ball
Jeanie Macpherson ... At Ball
Claire McDowell ... At Ball
Lottie Pickford ... At Ball
Vivian Prescott ... At Ball


Tony, the barber, on his way to the shop meets little Alice, the newsgirl, who runs a stand on a neighboring corner. He at once becomes smitten and can think of nothing else. Later they are betrothed and little Alice fancies she has made a good catch. However, clouds gather when Alice's sister Florence, who is a vaudeville artist, returns from her road tour with her sketch partner Bobby Mack, for the moment Tony sees Florence he transfers his affections to her. Poor Alice becomes aware of the waning of Tony's love for her and the heavy blow falls when on the night of the Barbers' Ball Tony escorts Florence thither. Alice being excessively romantic reasons that life without Tony is impossible so she is about to emulate the heroine of a novel she has been reading by terminating her unendurable existence with a pistol when Mack enters. The bullet she intended for her own lovelorn head passes through Mack's hat, scaring him stiff. Recovering himself, he wants to know the cause of this ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy







Release Date:

9 January 1911 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Comedy-Drama
9 December 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Joseph Graybill gets engaged to Mary Pickford. However, when her sister, Marion Sunshine, comes home with her vaudeville partner, Mack Sennett, Joseph decides he prefers Marion. Will Mary do something desperate to deal with her broken heart? Although this sounds like a small tragedy, Griffith handles this one with a lighter touch than usual. Graybill plays his role with bigger movement than usual for Griffith. This is supposed to reflect his hot Italian nature. It also helps turn this into a comedy.

Although Griffith is remembered mostly for his melodramas, with almost six hundred movies to his credit, he did a fair number of comedies. Nor is this one devoid of cinematic interest. His handling of the crowd scene at the Barber's ball is dazzling for the era, as is the number of future stars who turn up at the ball.

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