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The Echo of a Song (1913)

MacQuarrie is a modern Fagin, a man of almost irredeemable character. The mother is dead and he raises the children himself in his own way. He terrorizes them and makes them beg, while he ... See full summary »

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... A Modern Fagin
... The Organist
... Fagin's Older Daughter
Gertrude Short ... Fagin's Younger Daughter
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MacQuarrie is a modern Fagin, a man of almost irredeemable character. The mother is dead and he raises the children himself in his own way. He terrorizes them and makes them beg, while he carries on his business of petty thievery. When the children come in, he takes their money and pushes them out again. The weary children bear the sound of an organ as they pass a church, and being tired they enter. The organist sees their grief and gets their sad story from them. She insists upon accompanying them to their home, and is insulted by the father. She tells the police what she knows. That night the father makes the children go out to beg again, and he starts forth with his tools to ply his nefarious trade. The children seek the church and the kind lady. She gathers them to her and all sing as she plays. The father is interrupted by the police, and in a running fight he is shot. He throws his hat away and misleads his followers. Passing the church, and being desperately wounded, he seeks ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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12 October 1913 (USA)  »

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The part was overacted
25 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

The leading character in this is a man posing as a modern Fagin. The characterization seemed to us rather revolting in point of makeup and the part was overacted. He hears his daughters singing in the church and is confronted with visions of his past. The whole episode was too fragmentary to be considered a plot. - The Moving Picture World, October 11, 1913


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