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In praising the actor Goro Kino, who played "Duck Sing," Var commented, "His smile and understanding of his role fixes him as a screen figure which undoubtedly will be seen more ... More Less

In praising the actor Goro Kino, who played "Duck Sing," Var commented, "His smile and understanding of his role fixes him as a screen figure which undoubtedly will be seen more often." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
23 Feb 18
p. 994.
MPN
2 Mar 18
p. 1318.
MPW
2 Mar 18
p. 1274.
NYDM
23 Feb 18
p. 20.
Variety
8 Mar 18
p. 42.
Wid's
28 Feb 18
p. 973.
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 February 1918
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Upon learning that the parents of "Little Red" have died, the cowboys of Colonel Ferdinand Aliso's ranch adopt the boy. Parson Jones and his church committee protest that the child should be brought up in more refined surroundings, but the cowboys, particularly Duck Sing, Aliso's Chinese cook, are so enamored of Little Red that they donate their poker money to the church in order to placate the congregation. After Little Red catches pneumonia and nearly dies, however, Dr. Kirk insists that the boy either live with the minister or acquire a mother through the marriage of one of the cowboys. While Little Red is recuperating at the parson's home, ranch hand Tom Gilroy courts the only marriageable women in town -- a widow and two spinsters -- but much to his relief, they all turn him down. In the end, Duck Sing, whom the child much prefers to the parson, kidnaps Little Red, after which the colonel legally adopts ... +


Upon learning that the parents of "Little Red" have died, the cowboys of Colonel Ferdinand Aliso's ranch adopt the boy. Parson Jones and his church committee protest that the child should be brought up in more refined surroundings, but the cowboys, particularly Duck Sing, Aliso's Chinese cook, are so enamored of Little Red that they donate their poker money to the church in order to placate the congregation. After Little Red catches pneumonia and nearly dies, however, Dr. Kirk insists that the boy either live with the minister or acquire a mother through the marriage of one of the cowboys. While Little Red is recuperating at the parson's home, ranch hand Tom Gilroy courts the only marriageable women in town -- a widow and two spinsters -- but much to his relief, they all turn him down. In the end, Duck Sing, whom the child much prefers to the parson, kidnaps Little Red, after which the colonel legally adopts him. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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