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The Totville Eye (1912)

A printer and his young assistant take over a local newspaper while the editor is away.

Director:

C.J. Williams (as C. Jay Williams)

Writer:

Bannister Merwin (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Walter Edwin ... Old Scotty
Yale Boss ... Young Sammy
Robert Brower ... Thomas Adams - the Editor
Edward O'Connor ... The Printer
Bigelow Cooper ... The Minister
Harry Beaumont ... Tom
Bessie Learn ... Flossie
Charles Ogle ... Squire Jenkins
Bliss Milford Bliss Milford ... Widow Dugan
Julia Reinhart Julia Reinhart ... The Village Scandal Monger
Alice Washburn Alice Washburn
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Storyline

The Totville Eye is the name of a newspaper published in Totville. John Adams, the editor, has an assistant in the printing office, a kindly old fellow known as Scotty. Having at one time stuck type on a metropolitan daily, Scotty favors modern journalism, but his views make no impression on the formal Mr. Adams. Mr. Adams is suddenly called out of town. He departs leaving Scotty in charge. Just as Scotty and Sammy (the printer's devil) are about to lift the form of the first page on to the old-fashioned hand press they drop it and the type is "pied." Scotty decides to set up an entirely new first page and to that end he nominates Sammy as the reporter and sends the youngster out to gather some real live village news. Sammy is in the act of picking up several choice bits of information and rushing back with his stories to Scotty who hastily puts them into type. When the paper is given out to the villagers the following morning the population is in an uproar, but as it happened in each... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1912 (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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A Detailed & Very Funny Short Comedy
5 August 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

With lots of detail and clever story ideas, this is a very funny short comedy that also shows a good handle on the standard film-making techniques of its era. The characters are humorous and slightly exaggerated, yet believable, and the story combines humor with a few light but worthwhile observations on human nature.

The story starts at the offices of "The Totville Eye", a local newspaper, and shows what happens to the paper when its stodgy editor is called away, leaving the printer and a young assistant to run everything. The results are quite amusing, with the young assistant being sent out as a cub reporter and completely changing the kinds of stories that the paper runs. Besides being funny, it is also sympathetic to its characters, and while very light in nature, it is not without some value as social commentary.

Yale Boss shows why he was a popular child star of the era, with several good scenes. He makes good use of his facial expressions, and provides some good moments with his imitation of the editor and with his reactions to the subjects of his stories. The cast as a whole does a good job, behaving in comic fashion without overdoing it too much. Robert Brower plays the grouchy editor to good effect.

Many of the scenes also contain some interesting details, and there is a good variety of settings. The whole thing works quite well, and it is still enjoyable to watch.


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