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Mr. Horatio Sparkins (1913)

A young linen draper's clerk "blues" himself and has a rare good time, posing as a society man named Horatio Sparkins, while his real name is Samuel Smith. He spends all his money on fine ... See full summary »

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A young linen draper's clerk "blues" himself and has a rare good time, posing as a society man named Horatio Sparkins, while his real name is Samuel Smith. He spends all his money on fine clothes and his evenings in going to assemblies and balls, where he pretends to be a poet and a man of considerable means. At one of the balls he meets the Maldertons, a family of parvenus, who at once see a chance of making a good match for their daughter, Teresa, who is getting to be decidedly passé. They go to a Mr. Flamwell, a young man who claims to have acquaintances in the best society, and ask about Mr. Sparkins. Flamwell tells them that he believes that Horatio is a young nobleman in disguise. Mama Malderton then makes plans to get the supposed nobleman into the matrimonial net, in which also shall be her daughter. She invites Horatio to dinners and parties and shows him a right good time. The whole family lionize him to the beat of their ability and write to their friends, saying that ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The good parts of it make up for the dry parts
4 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

A clever, amusing comedy picture from Dickens. In quality, its humor is first-class and the players have not failed in "putting it over" to us or making us see all the fun. Perhaps the film is too long, but the good parts of it make up for the dry parts. Courtenay Foote plays Sparkins, a dandy by night, a clerk by day, and makes a true and fresh character of him. He deserves credit. The other leading character, the spinster daughter of Squire Malderton, whom her parents have found it hard to marry off, is played by Flora Finch, a good actress, but hardly fitted to get all there was of fun from her part of the situation, except perhaps in the last scene where she and her mother find Horatio waiting at the counter of the linen draper's shop. Van Dyke Brooke produced it and much credit is due him. Seen later with proper music, it was a hundred per cent, better. - The Moving Picture World, May 24, 1913


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