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The good parts of it make up for the dry parts
deickemeyer4 September 2017
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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