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The Cricket on the Hearth (1909)

After three years at sea, Edward returns home to find his sweetheart forced into an engagement with a much older man.


D.W. Griffith


Charles Dickens (short story), Frank E. Woods


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Owen Moore ... Edward Plummer
Violet Mersereau ... May Fielding
Linda Arvidson ... Sister Dorothy
Dorothy West ... Sister Bertha (unconfirmed)
David Miles ... Caleb Plummer
George Nichols ... Mr. Fielding
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... Mrs. Fielding
Herbert Prior ... John Peerybingle
Mack Sennett ... Merry Andrew
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... Tackleton
John R. Cumpson ... Innkeeper
Arthur V. Johnson ... The Minister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Bernard
Charles Inslee


Because of poverty Edward Plummer leaves his family and his sweetheart May and goes to sea. While he is away, his sister Dot marries John Peerybingle. Mrs. Fielding, the mother of May, is deep in debt, and when Old Tackleton wants to marry her daughter she agrees, despite May's protest. Three years later Edward returns. At the King George Inn he learns that May is betrothed to Old Tackleton, which leaves him in deep despair. He decides to figure out if May really loves Tackleton. From a strolling actor he buys a false beard, a wig and some clothes. Disguised as an old man he visits his sister Dot, for whom he reveals his true identity. John Peerybingle realizes that it's just a disguise, but thinks the man behind it is his wife's secret lover, and plans to leave her. Meanwhile Dot tells Edward that May is going to marry Tackleton the same day, although she doesn't want to. Edward goes to May, carries her off, and marries her quickly. Tackleton gets furious at first, but is soon ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Release Date:

27 May 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Каминный сверчок See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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Biograph Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The most critical audiences will be pleased with it
27 September 2014 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

It has come to be well understood among patrons of motion picture theaters that when the Biograph Company undertakes the reproduction of some well-known story it will be excellently done. "The Cricket on the Hearth," adapted from the favorite story of Dickens, is no exception. In this reproduction the characters seem to live again the story before one's eyes and all the hopes and wishes, the disappointments and the heartaches are made so plain that one lives them with the characters and appreciates more than ever before the wondrous beauties of Dickens' tale. It is unnecessary to enter into a detailed description of the play. It is too well known to require that. Nor can any one actor be singled out as doing his part better than any other. The company is too well balanced for that. The love of Edward and May engages the bulk of the attention of the audience, and when Tackleton gives them his blessing the audience applauds. John's acting when he is deciding whether he will enter the room and shoot the old man or not is exceptionally good, and a sigh of relief goes up when he tosses the pistol away. Technically the film is almost beyond criticism. The Biograph pictures are all plain and clear black and white. There is no attempt in this to introduce delicate tones, but the picture is clear and the movement of the characters is so smooth and even that there is no blurring. The picture is good and deserves a long run. The most critical audiences will be pleased with it. - The Moving Picture World, June 5, 1909

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