Deacon Billington's Downfall (1914)

There was no doubt about it that Deacon Billington was an old pinch penny. He had the reputation of being the meanest man in the county and the county was not particularly famous for its ... See full summary »

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Charles H. France
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dan Mason ... Deacon Billington
Cora Williams ... The Widow Divine
Edward Boulden ... Gills - the Office Boy
Frank A. Lyons ... Si Wiggins (as Frank Lyon)
Martin Faust ... The Lawyer
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There was no doubt about it that Deacon Billington was an old pinch penny. He had the reputation of being the meanest man in the county and the county was not particularly famous for its generosity. On account of his meanness, everybody was glad when George Splan's mare beat the deacon's in a trotting race. George and the deacon were not very good friends anyway, because George happened to be in love with the deacon's daughter. His defeat aroused the deacon to such a rage that he positively refused to allow his daughter to have anything more to do with George. The deacon's prohibition did not bother his daughter and George to any alarming extent. They saw about as much of each other as they ever had. The deacon did not notice their disobedience because he himself was in the midst of an exciting romance. Engaged one day in the pursuit of an office boy and a black cat who between them had scattered inky cat-tracks over some of his important papers, the deacon had entered the yard of the... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1914 (USA) See more »

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Edison Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Glory enough for all
21 April 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

In this fine two-reel comedy there is "glory enough for all." Cora Williams, as the Widow Divine, is great. Dan Mason, as Deacon Billington, a type of sanctimonious village hypocrite, will contribute to the fund of amusement in the picture. Frank A, Lyon, as Si Higgins, is right with him. Edward Boulden, as the office boy, does good work in a role that easily might have been overdone. Charles H. France is the director of the script, which is written by Clyde Morey. The story is skillfully told; rather it is built. The situations develop naturally and therefore convincingly. The comedy should be a hit. - The Moving Picture World, January 31, 1914


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