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The Old Clerk (1913)

An old bookkeeper loses his life-long position through a change in management of the firm for which he has worked. The son of the owner is made manager. He is an up-to-date chap with little... See full summary »

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Frank Clark ... Old Montgomery Morton - the Wealthy Broker
... Young Jack Morton - the Wealthy Broker's Son
William Hutchinson ... Mr. Woodcraft - the Old Clerk
Anna Dodge ... Mrs. Maggie Woodcraft - the Old Clerk's Wife
Eddie James ... Button - the Office Boy
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An old bookkeeper loses his life-long position through a change in management of the firm for which he has worked. The son of the owner is made manager. He is an up-to-date chap with little respect for old people. He proceeds to clean the establishment of all its "fossils." He starts with the ancient janitor and ends with old Woodcroft, the trusted clerk. Old Woodcroft has especially provoked the young manager by always referring to a notebook when working the combination on the vault door. Young Morton finally takes the notebook away from the clerk, and tears up the leaf on which is registered the combination, telling the old man that a businessman of modern training can remember such trifles in his head after one glance at the numbers. Woodcroft is terribly depressed by his discharge. He broods until he is obsessed with the idea that he will shoot himself at exactly one o'clock. In the meantime the elder Morton, while arranging the final details of turning the business over to his ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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24 March 1913 (USA)  »

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Far from being superficial
21 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

It is well that motion pictures occasionally take up this theme, the trials of the old employee. With the public it seems to be popular even when no new light is thrown on the situation. In this case it is treated in a way that is far from being superficial and makes a good offering. Henry McRae is both author and producer. The old clerk is played by W. Hutchinson, and Herbert Rawlinson is the young man who takes the place of the old manager, Frank Clark. The interest is well sustained, although the ending is not convincing. The photography is clear. - The Moving Picture World, April 5, 1913


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