Annie Crawls Upstairs (1912)

Annie, the daughter of the janitor, who wears a brace and is three years old, is neglected by her parents. They quarrel. She finds the door ajar and crawls out and up the stairs. A young ... See full summary »


Charles Brabin (as Charles J. Brabin)


James Oppenheim (story)


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Cast overview:
Robert Brower ... The Hall Porter
Ida Williams Ida Williams ... The Porter's Wife (as Mrs. C.J. Williams)
Helen Coughlin Helen Coughlin ... Annie
Edna Flugrath ... The Flighty Girl
Margery Bonney Erskine Margery Bonney Erskine ... The Flighty Girl's Mother (as Mrs. Wallace Erskine)
Bigelow Cooper ... The Discharged Convict
Mrs. William Bechtel Mrs. William Bechtel ... The Convict's Wife
Gertrude McCoy ... The Young Woman
Harry Beaumont ... The Young Man
Elizabeth Miller Elizabeth Miller ... The Tired Seamstress
Edna Hammel ... The Seamstress' Daughter (as Edna Hammel)
Barry O'Moore ... The Disheartened Youth


Annie, the daughter of the janitor, who wears a brace and is three years old, is neglected by her parents. They quarrel. She finds the door ajar and crawls out and up the stairs. A young girl on the first floor is tempted to go out for a wild night; her mother has been unable to dissuade her. As she opens the door to go, Annie crawls in. In a few minutes the girl goes back to the mirror and takes off her finery. Annie, neglected again, crawls out and upstairs again. On the second floor an ex-convict is contemplating a burglary. He is making ready when Annie knocks at the door. When she comes in the man takes her up and kisses her. He puts away his burglar's kit and Annie crawls out and up again. On the third floor there is trouble between a pair of lovers. The girl does not want to marry, she wants a career, so the young man says goodbye but as he opens the door, Annie crawls up. He picks her up, shows the lame leg to the girl. The girl hugs Annie and Annie hugs them both together. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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10 December 1912 (USA) See more »

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Det lamme Barn See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Her sunny heart changes evil into good
9 April 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

James Oppenheim, the author of this interesting study of the human heart, has shown the spiritual side of his mind rather than the artistic side. In complexion it is very much like Jerome K. Jerome's "The Fourth Floor Back." Not dramatic as a whole, it contains five incidents each dramatic in itself, but really a repetition. Little Annie is a cripple and in the picture she symbolizes human kindliness. Her sunny heart changes evil into good, unconsciously, wherever she goes. She crawls up stairs, five flights; at each landing she comes on people whose hearts are at variance; there's a struggle going on in every instance and the cause of this is some form of evil that is blinding a human mind so that it can't for the time see clearly. Annie is like a light: when she comes, the victim is cured of blindness and recognizes the evil for what it is. In every case her good is shown as overcoming the evil. No, it doesn't convince at all: but it deals with pleasing things. Annie is played by Helen Coughlin; the part didn't need acting, Robert Brower and Mrs. C.J. Williams play her parents; Edna Flugrath and Mrs. Wallace Erskine are the people on the first floor; Bigelow Cooper and Mrs. William Bechtel are on the next; Gertrude McCoy and Harry Beaumont are lovers at odds on the next; Elizabeth Miller and Edna Hamel are on the next and Barry O'Moore is on the fifth floor. - The Moving Picture World, December 21, 1912

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