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William Thompson slips away to New York, leaving his wife and daughter to shift for themselves. He obtains a station and finally becomes head waiter in one of the gay restaurants of the ... See full summary »

Director:

Bannister Merwin

Writer:

Bannister Merwin (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Marc McDermott ... Mr. Thompson
Mrs. William Bechtel Mrs. William Bechtel ... Mrs. Thompson
Gertrude McCoy ... Nora Thompson - the Daughter
Robert Conness ... Harry Valentine
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William Thompson slips away to New York, leaving his wife and daughter to shift for themselves. He obtains a station and finally becomes head waiter in one of the gay restaurants of the Great White Way. As years slip by his daughter becomes star-struck. Harry Valentine, the manager, notices her pretty face and tries to take her from town with him, although he has no position in the company to offer her. This she declines, but when he later writes her that he will marry her if she will come to New York and will also place her on the stage, she decides to leave her mother and accept the offer. Of course, Valentine has no intention of marrying her and when he meets her in New York he takes her for a little supper at the restaurant before the supposititious wedding ceremony and thus Thompson is brought face to face with his daughter. When Valentine writes to an actor friend and asks him to don a minister's garb and come over and perform a fake ceremony, Thompson steps out, confronts the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1912 (USA) See more »

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Edison Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Remembrance of Things Past
10 October 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Marc McDermott grows weary of the worries of working in a small town and taking care of his wife and daughter. He walks out. In the course of time he becomes the head waiter at a Broadway restaurant. At service one evening, he realizes that Robert Conness has lured his daughter, Gertrude McCoy into the restaurant under false pretenses in this Edison short film.

This short film is all about McDermott and his reactions and the actor gives a good, broad performance. The movie suffers a bit from being too title heavy, but is quite watchable. A good copy is available on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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