The Photograph and the Blotter (1913)

Two boys working for Messrs. Brown and Company, contractors, are in love with their employer's daughter, Elsie. At a small reception given by the Browns the favored boy, Jack, proposes and ... See full summary »

Director:

George Lessey
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Cast

Cast overview:
Edna Flugrath ... Elsie Brown
Robert Brower ... Mr. Brown - Elsie's Father
Margery Bonney Erskine Margery Bonney Erskine ... Mrs. Brown - Elsie's Mother (as Mrs. Wallace Erskine)
Harry Beaumont ... Jack - Elsie's Fiance
Barry O'Moore ... Harry Dwight - Jack's Rival
May Abbey ... Harry's Sister
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Two boys working for Messrs. Brown and Company, contractors, are in love with their employer's daughter, Elsie. At a small reception given by the Browns the favored boy, Jack, proposes and is accepted. The proposal is overheard by Harry, the jealous suitor who, being annoyed at the treatment he has received, has retired to the conservatory for a quiet smoke. The young couple run to tell their folks of the engagement, all the guests having gone with the exception of Harry's sister. The Browns, having long suspected the love between the two receive the news gladly. Brown decides to promote the boys: one, his son-in-law-to-be, to a confidential position and the other to the position formerly held by Jack. This is the last straw; Harry plans to outdo his rival or get him into some trouble. Listening at the private office door he learns of special plans which are under preparation for a certain contract and about which no one with the exception of Jack and Brown know. He decides to get the... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1913 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Edison Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Edison Company production number 7259. See more »

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A rather weak story
8 August 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A very well-made picture of a rather weak story. It uses expedients a bit too old to be truly effective, but its weakest link is the unwarranted suspicion of the boss who finds his business secrets betrayed. The first question a normal mind is likely to ask when a crime has been committed is concerning the motive. The boss suspects the clerk who is going to be his son-in-law, and who could hardly have had a motive, since it was plain that the secret plans were not offered for money. The spectator is apt to be out of sympathy with so baseless a suspicion. The acting gives now and then many delightful things, but is at all times comfortably natural and intelligent. Edna Flugrath plays the heroine; Robert Brower, her father; Mrs. Wallace Erskine, her mother, and Harry Beaumont, her fiancé. On the other side of the picture is Barry O'Moore, a clerk in her father's office, who photographs a plan (this is one of the picture's good scenes) and sends it to the firm's competitor. It was produced by George Lessey. The photography is perfect. - The Moving Picture World, March 15, 1913


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