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The Transgression of Deacon Jones (1912)

The Purity League tries to close down a small-town nickelodeon.


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Deacon Jones
Richard Sterling ...
George Larkin ...
Dave, a Nickelodeon Owner


Deacon Hiram Jones is tendered the nomination for Mayor of his town on the Purity League ticket, which has for its platform the establishment of a curfew law and the abolition of the moving picture business. The deacon's daughter, Mollie, is in love with Dave Baker, but the deacon will not allow her to have anything to do with him on account of his being in the hated moving picture business. A few months before the election, the deacon attends the County Fair, and unknown to him, a moving picture concern is taking views in the fairgrounds. The deacon is attracted by a three-shell game, and getting the fever, places a few bets on the elusive pea. He is arrested for gambling, but buys the officer off. Just before the election for Mayor takes place, Dave, in his service, gets the reel showing the County Fair scenes. He runs the picture off before the show commences and sees the good deacon playing the three-shell game. Dave realizes that he has the deacon where he wants him and sends for... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy





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31 October 1912 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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