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The Tender Hearted Boy (1913)

A butcher boy steals meat to give to a beggar woman and is ultimately rewarded for his kindness.




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Cast overview:
... The Tender-Hearted Boy
Kate Bruce ... The Tender-Hearted Boy's mother
... The Tender-Hearted Boy's Sweetheart
W. Chrystie Miller ... The Sweetheart's Father
John T. Dillon ... The Butcher (as Jack Dillon)
Gertrude Norman ... The Miser


His sympathies in conflict with his fears, the butcher boy hemmed himself in by subterfuge and thereby learned a lesson of life. Wrong, though unintentional, supersedes suffering. The crafty old beggar woman shows her gratitude for the one kind heart she had been seeking all her life, and a sympathetic boy starts out once more with the world before him, his sympathies attuned to reason. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short





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23 January 1913 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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If one analyzes this story he will find it as deep as life
13 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

If one is writing photoplays he can learn more from some of these Biographs than from any other company's pictures, because of the peculiar method that, consciously or otherwise, is followed in making them. The starting point seems to be in some original moral reflection, or impression might be better; for, while concrete, it is fluid enough not to hamper the dramatist in giving a pictorial expression to it. If one analyzes this story he will find it as deep as life; it will elude him in its meaning, even though he know more about it than the producer or author. It gives a tantalizing glimpse of humanity passing through a queer world; ours is a queer world. The tender-hearted boy hasn't had experience and finds that human wisdom is a very necessary virtue, for without it he finds that his kindliness is like a child in a winter storm without a house to shelter it. In this life, if one has anything precious, he must have a strong box to keep it in. Suggestive as the picture is, it isn't very brave, for it is made interesting to the many, though this, from the exhibitor's viewpoint, is a big merit. With several absorbingly interesting types and with a good story, clearly told and forcefully acted, it makes a desirable release. - The Moving Picture World, February 8, 1913

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