Katherine Dalton finds herself alone in a big city without friends, funds or hope of employment. Because she dares to rebuff the affronts of a ward politician, she is forced to leave her ... See full summary »

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... Katherine Dalton
... Katherine Kent
... Bill Hickey
William Bernhard ... Tim Doolin
... Abe Ratalski
Walter Roberts ... Mr. George Kent
Clara Melville ... Mrs. George Kent
Rose Evans ... Marie Reagan
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Katherine Dalton finds herself alone in a big city without friends, funds or hope of employment. Because she dares to rebuff the affronts of a ward politician, she is forced to leave her cheap rooming house and is denied admission at the city lodgings. Tired and hungry she finally joins the "bread line," that last resort of the city's unfortunate. Here she meets Bill Hickey, a human derelict through circumstance. While wandering along the snow-covered streets, in search of a place to sleep, they suddenly come face to face with another couple. The girls stare at each other in amazement. They are exact doubles. The men do not notice this. Hickey later reads in a newspaper of the reward being offered for the return of one Katherine Kent, a wealthy merchant's daughter, and description. Katherine recognizes her passerby of the street. Hungry and cold, she tells Hickey she is going to try to palm herself off as the missing heiress. They go to the house, but the imposition is discovered and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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9 April 1912 (USA)  »

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We enjoyed it more than any other picture of the day
25 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

This very entertaining picture starts out as though it were going to be the real thing in melodrama; but, we almost wrote, unfortunately, becomes original. It is a story with two heroines. One is a virtuous "down and out" girl; the other an innocent, runaway daughter of a wealthy business man, whom the film states is "retired." Both girls look exactly alike. We see views of city life on a cold winter's night; the bread line, etc. The poor girl tries to get shelter by pretending that she is the girl, her double; but the parents recognize her as an impostor. The other girl is rescued by a worthy young man who is also down and out and all are happy in a well-made ending. We can't call it a feature; but we enjoyed it more than any other picture of the day that we have seen as yet. It is a desirable filler on its merits. The photographs arc good enough. - The Moving Picture World, April 20, 1912


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