Tom Tilling's Baby (1912)

A horse shoe is an omen of good luck. Tom, the little bootblack, believes it, so does his sister Susie, and they are very proud of the one which Tom has just found and upon which he pins ... See full summary »
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Cast overview:
Kenneth Casey ... Tom Tilling
Robert Gaillard ... Hodges - the Butler
Julia Swayne Gordon ... Mrs. Carter - the Mother
Lillian Walker ... Mamie - the Nurse
William Shea ... Mr. Carter - the Father
Helene Costello ... The Carter Baby
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A horse shoe is an omen of good luck. Tom, the little bootblack, believes it, so does his sister Susie, and they are very proud of the one which Tom has just found and upon which he pins his faith in starting out for his day's business. Mamie, the nurse maid in wealthy Mr. Carter's family, and Hodges, the butler, are always jollying and joking each other, and incidentally thinking up some practical joke to play on each other. Hodges thinks of one which he considers capital. He awaits his chance to play it on the unsuspecting nurse. The opportunity comes when the nurse has the baby out in the park for an airing. While she is talking with a policeman, Hodges removes the baby, while still asleep, from its carriage and hides it in the bushes, some little distance away. After her tete-a-tete with the cop she discovers the loss of the child. The bluecoat and the nurse start on a wild hunt, without result. In the meantime Tom happens along the pathway where the little one is hidden, is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1912 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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How a horse-shoe brought good luck
13 August 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

There is a touch of heart-interest about this picture. It might be sub- titled, "How a horse-shoe brought good luck," or something similar. The jealous butler of a wealthy family, to tease the nurse, hides the baby in some bushes. Tom sees the infant and takes the baby home. He answers the advertisement and baby is returned to its grief-stricken parents. The baby's father sets Tom up in business as a bootblack. The butler is discharged, notwithstanding his asseverations that it was only a joke. The story is simple, but it is well told and acted and cannot fail to interest, although it is not powerfully convincing. Kenneth Casey plays the bootblack. It is well photographed, is of full length and will be a good filler. - The Moving Picture World, February 3, 1912


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