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The Mouse and the Lion (1913)

John Burling, a detective, rounds up some members of the Night Hawk gang. Bill Hanks, the chief, swears to get even with him. Tim, a little street waif, entering the saloon where the gang ... See full summary »

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... Bill Hanks, Gangster Chief
Leo Delaney ... The Lion - John Burling, Detective
... The Mouse - Tim - Burling's Hallboy
... Mamie, Hanks' Sweetheart and Accomplice
... A Gangster
... A Gangster
Richard Leslie ... Jack
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John Burling, a detective, rounds up some members of the Night Hawk gang. Bill Hanks, the chief, swears to get even with him. Tim, a little street waif, entering the saloon where the gang are consulting with Maime, a female accomplice, overhears some of their threats. He is discovered and kicked out of the place by Hanks. The next day, Tim, half starving, picks up a purse in the street which he has seen a lady drop. He is tempted to steal it, but in the end gives it back to her. Burling sees this, is struck with the boy's honesty, and being in need of a page boy, hires him and dubs him "Buttons."' Maime visits Burling and leaves him an address to come to investigate a robbery which has occurred at her home. Tim recognizes her as she goes out, follows her and has his suspicions confirmed by seeing her with one of the gang on the street. He goes to warn his master, but Burling has already gone. Tim discovers the address from his employer's blotting pad, follows Burling, who is trapped ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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17 March 1913 (USA)  »

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I Expect You to Die, Mr. Delaney
22 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Newsboy Paul Kelly gets kicked out of where the gang headed by Van Dyke Brooke is plotting their nefarious scheme. On the street, he spots a purse left by a beautiful lady and returns it to her. This convinces ace detective Leo Delaney that Paul is too stupid to steal ..... I mean honest, and he gives him a job as a page. So when Lilian Walker shows up and offers Leo a tip about where the gang is, off he goes.... but Paul recognizes her. Can he save his mentor from the mob?

I was rather taken aback by the drawn-out death that the bad guys had planned for Mr. Delaney. Apparently the "I expect you to die, Mr. Bond!" school of over-elaborate deaths as planned by villains was not new, nor had they learned anything from their predecessors' failures. Oh well. It's a decent but not terribly impressive piece of juvenalia, intended for the audience that was making the transition from Dime Novels to Pulp Novels, with a stopover in the lesser works of the Stratmeyer Syndicate. In a few decades, the comic books would take over this sort of work in America.


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