reel of 1,000 feet, August 29, 1915)
Scenario (uncredited) based on the poem “The Vagabonds” by
J.T. Trowbridge (the poem was sometimes known by the title “Roger and I”).
Cast: Morris Foster (Tim), Grace DeCarlton (Amelia), Arthur
Bauer (Grossbeck Upham), Carey L. Hastings (Tim’s mother).
Original music composed and performed by
Raymond A. Brubacher.
A series of flashbacks where a penniless, friendless tramp and his dog
relates the story of his downfall due to drink.
source is a different kind of classic—a poem by an influential and prolific
writer of inspirational and cautionary stories for children, particularly
The Vagabonds is a series of flashbacks where a penniless,
friendless tramp relates the story of his downfall due to drink. The author
J.T. Trowbridge (1827-1916) had also been a well-known pre-Civil War
abolitionist. His poem “The Vagabonds” was first published in 1863.
This relatively fine print shows the rapid improvements in
camera lenses in the mid-1910s, and independent studios like Thanhouser
finally had access to the best cameras and equipment with the breaking of
the Patents Trust in 1915.
The variety of camera setups and fluidity of editing is quite
modern compared to just a year or two earlier.
Thanhouser Film Corporation was almost in disarray following
the 1914 death of its brilliant manager Charles J. Hite and the subsequent
departure of many employees. In addition, big studio competitors were
realizing big profits from lengthier films and celebrity-star promotion that
Mutual’s Thanhouser was not keeping pace with.
The turnaround began when Edwin Thanhouser returned as
general manager in early 1915 and the company was soon reorganized. He also
was made an executive and a director of Mutual.
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