Saving an Audience (1912)

Four young college students find themselves with no money and a lot of debts. Each has received a peremptory refusal from home to send any more money to them and they are in despair. ... See full summary »

Director:

Van Dyke Brooke

Writer:

Will Carleton (story) (as Will Carlton)
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Mary Maurice ... Susan B. Gabonthy (as Mrs. Mary Maurice)
Lillian Walker ... Berta Barton - an Amateur Actress
Earle Williams ... Matthew
James Morrison ... Mark
Tom Powers ... John
Frank Newburg ... Luke (as Francis Newberg)
Flora Finch ... A Suffragette

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Four young college students find themselves with no money and a lot of debts. Each has received a peremptory refusal from home to send any more money to them and they are in despair. Suddenly Claude has an idea. They will hire Susan B. Gabonthy to lecture for them, clear about one hundred dollars apiece, and have enough to tide them over into the next term. Claude, having an acquaintance with the booking agent, secures a date on reasonable terms. When the great evening arrives, after extensive advertising, the train on which Miss Gabonthy is to arrive is reported two hours late. In despair, they are about to give up when Claude remembers his best girl, Bertha Barton, is a dandy actress, and can impersonate Miss Gabonthy if she wants to. He calls upon her, and with the assistance of her mother, Bertha soon makes up as Susan well enough to fool any audience. She goes upon the platform and makes a telling speech and gains much applause. Suddenly, in the midst of her harangue, the genuine... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy

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We cannot say it was skillfully put on
27 January 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A picture in which Mrs. Maurice takes the part of Susan B. Anthony, and she pictures her as a very dear old lady. The most devoted admirer of this pioneer in the woman's rights movement would probably feel thankful to her for the characterization. The picture was written by Will Carlton. We cannot say it was skillfully put on. The first scene was written to center the interest in a young girl of talent. The scenes that follow shift the interest to four inconsequential college youths, who are only figures, and in whom we have very little interest. Again, from the moment these four come in touch with Susan B. Anthony, she becomes the center of very wakeful interest. From that point it is a first-class production. We know who Susan B. Anthony was and how she would probably behave. Mrs. Maurice adds greatly to our interest in her as a character in a picture. From that point, too, everything else in the picture (youths, girl, and audience), adds to our interest in Susan B. Anthony and in how she is going to act in the situation. This last half is excellent. - The Moving Picture World, September 7, 1912


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1912 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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