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An English production of The Chimes made in two reels by Hepworth and starring Warwick Bucklaw as Trotty Beck was released in the U.S. in late Aug 1914. Tom Terriss was a famous British actor who specialized in stage presentations of Dickens' work. William Terriss was his brother. Some sources give other first names for some of the actors who were part of Terriss' company of Dickens ... More Less

An English production of The Chimes made in two reels by Hepworth and starring Warwick Bucklaw as Trotty Beck was released in the U.S. in late Aug 1914. Tom Terriss was a famous British actor who specialized in stage presentations of Dickens' work. William Terriss was his brother. Some sources give other first names for some of the actors who were part of Terriss' company of Dickens players. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPW
19 Sep 14
p. 1624.
MPW
26 Sep 14
p. 1826.
NYDM
9 Sep 14
p. 31.
Variety
25 Nov 14
p. 36.
DETAILS
Release Date:
September 1914
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Trotty Veck refuses to allow his daughter Meg to wed Richard after Alderman Cute advises him that it is a sin for the poor to marry. One day, he meets William Fern and his infant daughter and invites the impoverished family to his home for the night. As the baby falls asleep in the soft-hearted Trotty's lap, Trotty begins to dream. In his dream, Trotty sees his daughter as she might become, living in poverty and caring for Fern's daughter, called Lil. Fern is imprisoned for demonstrations against the rich. Richard, out of disappointment, has become a drunkard. Lil gives herself to Sir Joseph Bowley, a wealthy man who promises to free her father. Bowley mistreats Lil and eventually throws her and her infant child out. After Lil dies Meg must care for the baby, but in her despair she goes to a bridge with the infant and attempts to commit suicide. After Trotty's dream ends, he rescinds his decision not to allow Meg to marry. He also persuades Fern, through the pleas of his little daughter, not to demonstrate against Bowley. Finally, Richard and Trotty induce Bowley to sign a paper giving the poor their ... +


Trotty Veck refuses to allow his daughter Meg to wed Richard after Alderman Cute advises him that it is a sin for the poor to marry. One day, he meets William Fern and his infant daughter and invites the impoverished family to his home for the night. As the baby falls asleep in the soft-hearted Trotty's lap, Trotty begins to dream. In his dream, Trotty sees his daughter as she might become, living in poverty and caring for Fern's daughter, called Lil. Fern is imprisoned for demonstrations against the rich. Richard, out of disappointment, has become a drunkard. Lil gives herself to Sir Joseph Bowley, a wealthy man who promises to free her father. Bowley mistreats Lil and eventually throws her and her infant child out. After Lil dies Meg must care for the baby, but in her despair she goes to a bridge with the infant and attempts to commit suicide. After Trotty's dream ends, he rescinds his decision not to allow Meg to marry. He also persuades Fern, through the pleas of his little daughter, not to demonstrate against Bowley. Finally, Richard and Trotty induce Bowley to sign a paper giving the poor their rights. +

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