The Cardboard Baby (1909)

A modern fairy story for American children. Scene I: Elsie Neglects Her Lessons and Has Her Dollie Taken Away. "You see, it was this way: I was sitting on our front porch trying to do my ... See full summary »

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Sidney Olcott

Writer:

Sidney Olcott
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George Melford
Ruth Roland
Robert G. Vignola
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A modern fairy story for American children. Scene I: Elsie Neglects Her Lessons and Has Her Dollie Taken Away. "You see, it was this way: I was sitting on our front porch trying to do my lessons, but I just couldn't seem to get them and at last I threw down my slate and books and began to play with dollie. Mamma came out just then and when she found that I did not know my lessons she scolded me dreadfully and took dollie away and said that I could not have her again until I finished my lessons. I was awfully mad and I guess I acted real horrid and I'm sorry for it now. Anyhow, I finished at last, but was awfully tired by that time and I suppose I fell asleep, for the next thing I remember..." Scene II: Elsie's Dream. "I was running down the garden path, just as a big wagon was passing the house. It had a baby food sign on it. I had made up my mind to run away to some place where I wouldn't have to study any more lessons. As I was crossing the street I looked down, and what do you ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1909 (USA) See more »

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Kalem Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Perhaps some little folks will get a valuable lesson
9 February 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A modern fairy story that will please the little people, and is the first in the series of releases which are to be provided especially for the children. Perhaps some little folks will get a valuable lesson from Elsie's experience, but probably the fairy story will interest them most, and the company that worked out this story deserves congratulations. The conception of vivifying a cardboard baby is odd enough to attract attention, and the surprising adventures serve to keep up the interest throughout the film. The company has advanced in its photography, too, a feature which deserves the heartiest commendation. A lively picture like this is certain to attract much favorable attention and a long and successful run is predicted for this release. - The Moving Picture World, January 8, 1910


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