The Butler's Secret (1913)

After a serious quarrel with his father concerning his debts, Wallace Dixon leaves the house in anger, declaring that he will live his life as beat pleases him. That night, Alfred Dixon, ... See full summary »

Director:

William Humphrey

Writer:

Marguerite Bertsch (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Humphrey ... Alfred Dixon
James Morrison ... Wallace Dixon - Alfred's Son
Charles Eldridge ... Barrow the Butler
George Cooper ... Barrow's Son
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After a serious quarrel with his father concerning his debts, Wallace Dixon leaves the house in anger, declaring that he will live his life as beat pleases him. That night, Alfred Dixon, the father, hears a noise by the safe in his bedroom, where he is sleeping, and shoots at the intruder who escapes unharmed. Dixon rushes downstairs and almost falls over his son, who has tripped while passing through the portieres of the hall. Wallace indignantly denies the attempted robbery, but his father will not believe him. The young man leaves the house, vowing that he will never enter it again. Late one night, Wallace, after Dixon has retired to bed, creeps to the house, almost starving, and seeing his old friend, Barrow, the butler sitting before the open fire, he taps the window and is let into the house. Barrow, first making sure that the servants are all out of the way, takes Wallace to the kitchen and gives him a hearty meal, Wallace declares that he must leave immediately, but asks ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1913 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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From first to last no woman appears in it
17 September 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Here is a splendid picture, and it may be remarked in passing that from first to last no woman appears in it, which again goes to prove that love stories are not absolutely essential to make a picture hold. The story is of a son of a butler who attempts to rob his father's employer; the son of the house entering just as the father is searching for the intruder is mistaken for the burglar and ordered from his home. There are many thrills, legitimate ones, created by dramatic situations competently handled. It is a fine story that Marguerite Bertsch has written. Mr. Humphrey, who plays the householder, also directs. The three others in the cast are James Morrison, Charles Eidridge and George Cooper, Perhaps the best scene is where the outcast son, down and out, steals into his old home and is fed by the butler and then goes to his father's room just to get a look at him asleep, the light striking in on his face. It will stir every heart. - The Moving Picture World, June 21, 1913


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