An Outcast Among Outcasts (1912)

A "Blanket Tramp" is he who carries with him a blanket to shield him, and for this he is frowned upon by the regular tramps and denied the society of that quasi-genteel fraternity, and so ... See full summary »


George Hennessy (story)


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Credited cast:
Frank Opperman Frank Opperman ... The Blanket Tramp
Blanche Sweet ... The Young Woman
W. Chrystie Miller ... The Postmaster
Charles West Charles West ... The Station Master
Kate Toncray Kate Toncray ... A Homemaker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Bernard Dorothy Bernard
William A. Carroll William A. Carroll ... A Tramp
J. Jiquel Lanoe J. Jiquel Lanoe ... A Factory Manager
David Miles
W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson ... A Tramp


A "Blanket Tramp" is he who carries with him a blanket to shield him, and for this he is frowned upon by the regular tramps and denied the society of that quasi-genteel fraternity, and so has to flock alone. Such is the condition of the hero of our story. In the course of his peregrinations, he passes the Post Office of a small village, and begs for "grub," which the daughter of the old postmaster hands out to him. For this he is grateful and has a chance later to render her a great service, for when the time comes to take the mail to the railroad station and get the incoming mail, the old postmaster is taken ill, and the daughter is obliged to go. The incoming mail contains a pouch of registered matter. Its arrival is witnessed by a couple of real tramps, who make up their minds to get it. This appears easy, when they see into whose custody it is given, the girl's. Their plan would have succeeded had not the "blanket tramp" happened along, who proved the hero of the day. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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melodrama | See All (1) »


Short | Drama







Release Date:

30 May 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The story is a little complicated by minor threads
25 November 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A good melodramatic picture with strongly worked-out and very interesting contrasts. The picture's chief interest comes from the placing of the four yeggmen hobos beside the "blanket stiff," or tramp, who carries his blanket, the showing of the hobos' attitude toward him, and the logical development of the denouement from it. The blanket stiff is made a semi-cripple. This subtlety intensifies the distinction between him and the yeggs. Another strengthening contrast is in making the heroine's character, in this picture, whose chief purpose is to draw a rough and harsh experience, that of a sweet, unspoiled and very lovable girl and with all such a girl's helplessness. Her lover is skillfully drawn also, and sharply distinguished. The story is a little complicated by minor threads; but works out to clear and very effective climax. The photography is not up to Biograph standard. - The Moving Picture World, June 15, 1912

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