4 user

The Passer-By (1912)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama | 21 June 1912 (USA)
A stranger is invited to a bachelor dinner, where he tells the story of his life.







Credited cast:
... Hamilton Crawford Jr. - The Bridegroom
... Lucille - The Bridegroom's Mother
... Jim - The First To Pass By
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Undetermined Secondary Role (unconfirmed)


A young man, giving a farewell bachelor dinner, receives a note at the last moment saying that one of his guests is obliged to leave town and cannot attend. Rather than allow his place to remain empty he sends two of his friends to the street to bring in the first man who passes. They enter into the spirit of the idea descend to the street and pounce upon a poorly dressed old man and, in spite of his protests, drag him in to the dinner. At the finish of the dinner he is called upon for a story and in answer to their insistent demands proceeds to tell them the story of his life. Years ago he too was giving a farewell bachelor dinner, surrounded by his friends, happy in the love of a woman who was to be his wife the next day. He was the life and gaiety of the party. In the midst of merriment he was handed a note from the woman saying that she had married another man an hour before. Completely crushed, his first thoughts were of suicide but his manhood revolting at this, he decided to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Short | Drama


Not Rated




Release Date:

21 June 1912 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Interesting Story, Creative Cinematography, Good Leading Performance
15 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

There are several strengths to this short drama that put it among the better movies of its time and genre. The story is interesting, and it features a couple of poignant moments. The cinematography features a creative technique that is used at a couple of key points, and that works well. Finally, Marc McDermott's leading performance is a good one, believably portraying his character at several different stages of his life.

The setting is a bachelor dinner to which "The Passer-By" (played by McDermott) is invited at the last minute. As McDermott's character begins to tell the sad story of his life, the camera pulls towards him until the frame is in close-up, and then there is a jump cut to the same character as a much younger man; then the camera slowly pulls back to show a very similar setting. The same basic process is repeated later in the movie. It works very well in pulling the viewer into the life of the character, and while similar techniques may be film-making staples today, Oscar Apfel and his crew deserve considerable credit for imagining it and for carrying it off so well.

MacDermott helps makes the story itself work pretty well. His understated yet credible portrayal of his character keeps the rather heavy story believable. By the time the character reaches the end of his narrative, the finale seems almost inevitable, yet it still works well enough, as does the movie as a whole.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial