The story relates how Ludwig Streusand and his daughter, Violet, are living in New York. Ludwig is known as "Old Dutch," and after years of hard study and labor he completes his invention ... See full summary »


Frank Hall Crane (as Frank Crane)


Frank Hall Crane (scenario) (as Frank Crane), Edgar Smith (play)




Cast overview:
Lew Fields ... Ludwig Streussand, 'Old Dutch'
Vivian Martin ... Violet Streussand
George Hassell George Hassell ... Harry Bennett
Marie Empress ... Mildred Bennett
Charles Judels ... Jules Joubert
William J. Ferguson William J. Ferguson ... John Rockmorgan (as W.J. Ferguson)
Chester Barnett ... Harold Rockmorgan


The story relates how Ludwig Streusand and his daughter, Violet, are living in New York. Ludwig is known as "Old Dutch," and after years of hard study and labor he completes his invention of what he calls the teloptophone, a device which, when attached to a telephone, enables the speaker to see the party at the other end of the wire. He goes to John Rockmorgan with his invention and after proving its worth, Rockmorgan agrees to finance his invention and gives him a check for $5,000 on account. Old Dutch and his daughter have had rather a hard time of it. Now that his invention is a success, he feels that the best thing to do is to go away to Palm Beach with her for a vacation. To escape the publicity arising through the invention of the teloptophone, he also thinks it wise to assume another name so as to avoid being questioned and annoyed about his invention. He arrives at a Palm Beach hotel and registers under the name of John Mueller and daughter, and settles down to a period of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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15 February 1915 (USA) See more »

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(1909). Stage Play: Old Dutch. Musical/farce. Music by Victor Herbert. Book by Edgar Smith. Lyrics by George V. Hobart. Musical Director: Louis F. Gottschalk. Directed by Ned Wayburn. Herald Square Theatre: 22 Nov 1909- 5 Feb 1910 (88 performances). Cast: Albert Aporta (as "Chorus"), Mabel Barnes (as "Chorus"), Louis Boyle (as "Chorus"), Blanche Brooks (as "Chorus"), John Bunny (as "Franz von Bomberg"), Miriam Butler (as "Chorus"), Josephine Carlin (as "Kate"), Harry Carmack (as "Chorus"), Vernon Castle (as "Honorable Algernon Clymber"), Jeanne Crane (as "Chorus"), Billee Cuppia (as "Mabel"), Charlotte Cushman (as "Chorus"), Natalie Dare (as "Chorus"), Eva Davenport (as "Rosa von Bomberg"), Minna Davenport (as "Chorus"), Henry Detloff (as "Chorus"), Harry Devine (as "Chorus"), Libby Diamond (as "Chorus"), Edna Dodsworth (as "Chorus"), Layne Donaldson (as "Chorus"), John Donnelly (as "Grenwald/Chorus"), Alice Dovey (as "Lisa Streusand"), George Dowling (as "Gendarmes"), Sue Duval (as "Chorus"), Lew M. Fields (as "Ludwig Streusand"), Dolly Filly (as "Chorus"), Louis Finnery (as "Chorus"), Arthur Fisher (as "Chorus"), Lillian Foster (as "Chorus"), Robert Fuehrer (as "Little Hans"), Wood Gobel (as "Oskar"), Gertrude Grant (as "Chorus/Gretchen"), Frank Griffiths (as "Chorus"), Jane Grover (as "Gwendolyn"), Frank Hallam (as "Chorus"), Harry Harrington (as "Franz"), Helen Hayes (as "Little Mime"), John E. Henshaw (as "Leopold Mueller"), Hannah Hess (as "Babette"), Rhea Hess (as "Fleurette"), Hortense (as "Dance Specialty"), George Howe (as "Chorus"), Nettie Hyde (as "Olga"), Victor Hyde (as "Messenger/Allan"), Isabelle Jason (as "Chorus"), Mack Johnston (as "Jean"), Charles Judels (as "Joseph Cusinier"), Mazie Kimball (as "Chorus"), Elsie Le Boy (as "Margaret"), Adah Lewis (as "Alma Villianyi"), Lighting Charlie (as "Lighting Charlie"), George Lynch (as "Wilhelm"), Evelyn Martin (as "Chorus"), Lavinia Mason (as "Chorus"), Thomas B. McCormick (as "Adelbert"), Rose Monroe (as "Chorus"), Paul Moore (as "Chorus"), Lotta Morse (as "Chorus"), Marise Naughton (as "Julia"), Joseph Norwich (as "Gustave"), Robert O'Neill (as "Chorus"), Beatrice Priest (as "Chorus"), Elsie Raymond (as "Chorus"), William Raymond (as "Alfred von Bomberg"), Ruth Rider (as "Lois/Chorus"), Fred Roberts (as "Rudolf"), Irene Russell (as "The Girl with the Hair Lip"), Opal Scott (as "Chorus"), Gwen Sears (as "Chorus"), Evelyn Smith (as "Chorus"), William Steyers (as "Chorus"), Joseph Torpey (as "Gendarmes"), Marion Whitney (as "Maude"), William Whittaker (as "Chorus"), May Willard (as "Freda/Chorus"). Produced by Sam S. and Lee Shubert Inc. and Lew Fields. Note: Filmed by The Shubert Film Corp. [distributed by World Film] as Old Dutch (1915). See more »

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