The Old Bookkeeper (1912)

A beloved old man is fired by a new manager who wants to give the bookkeeping job to his friend. Trying to contact his employer, who doesn't know about the firing, the old man foils a ... See full summary »


D.W. Griffith


Belle Taylor


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Credited cast:
W. Chrystie Miller ... The Old Bookkeeper
Edwin August ... The Old Bookkeeper's Employer
Blanche Sweet ... The Old Bookkeeper's Employer's Wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Dillon ... An Office Visitor
Charles Gorman Charles Gorman ... In Office
Harry Hyde Harry Hyde ... In Office
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... In Office
Adolph Lestina Adolph Lestina ... In Office
Joseph McDermott Joseph McDermott ... The Police Sergeant
Alfred Paget ... A Thief
Vivian Prescott ... In Office
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... A Policeman
Jackie Saunders ... The Maid
Kate Toncray Kate Toncray ... The Landlady (unconfirmed)
Charles West Charles West ... In Office


A beloved old man is fired by a new manager who wants to give the bookkeeping job to his friend. Trying to contact his employer, who doesn't know about the firing, the old man foils a robbery at his employer's house. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

18 January 1912 (USA) See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Very naturally acted by the Biograph's best company
13 August 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A good, heart-interest story, very dramatic and very naturally acted by the Biograph's best company. It is commendable on every count, but one specially noteworthy thing is the well-coordinated and speedy drawing together of all the elements to make a dramatic and emotional climax. The scenes are often pretty, the photographs are suggestive and clear, the acting gives many interesting moments besides carrying the story forward clearly through the whole, full- length reel. No exhibitor will make a mistake in featuring this picture which is substantial, exciting and healthy. The old bookkeeper, played by this company's well- known, short, elderly player, is the center of interest. He was so charitable that he could save no money; but he was so friendly that everyone made friends with him, except the new office manager whom the employer left in charge and the landlady. He soon found himself out of work and homeless. Seated, shivering on the steps of his employer's home awaiting his return, he hears burglars enter and bravely goes in to protect his employer's goods. He gets into difficulties. The rescue makes a thrilling climax after a well-handled suspense. - The Moving Picture World, February 3, 1912

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