The Barnstormer in the Photoplay

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

The Barnstormer in the Photoplay is an American silent movie released in 1910. Black & White.

Survival status: unknown.


  • Sherlock Carter : unknown
  • Nick Holmes : unknown

Plot summary

  • The Moving Picture World, 12 november 1910, p. 1011
The Moving Picture World, 12 november 1910, p. 1103

Hushl Curses! S'deathl I saw :i melodrama Monday at the Fourteenth Str< . and the tales we b um<1 to read, "Search \:1,| Hall bo "Ruddj thumb, tin- Red handed \ i tin- Mam," were not in it witli tins photoplay. It wem tins w In ;> villain, di and all. IB- approaches a,New York mansion, accompanied bj two ruffians The ruffians secrete themselves at either side "i tin- brown Bton< entrance steps, where the servants ami others going in ami out of the basement never look. "Jin- classy villain mounts tin- step-,, nii^ ami is admitted. Hi- really liv< Nickel's hovel, l>nt In- must have tin- l).n These villains get into New York BOciety without any | Me. Social aspirants from out "i town should study play. Simply immnt tin- steps, ring tin- bell and walk in. Now We get a glimpse of In ty, ami it is tin thing. It walks around aimlessly and looks as though it had on tin- best stage money could purchase, though if what nervous and awkward in such unaccustomed finery. Arch villain enters, bows as though he was ducking li head Ovei a plate of Boup and kisses each lady's hand. Then In- looks around. The way lie rolls ln> eyes would make you shiver. They are perfectly awful. The reason lie rolls those fierce eyes is because tin- villainess is dure lie shoots a wireless message at her <>nt of those dreadful eyes. She understands, lie must have the Danver's jewels. She gives him a meaning look. The decollete adventuress is also from that finishing school for high society, tin- rag-picker's hovel She goe8 out and comes right hack with the jewels. They were left in some handy place. The moment I saw how easyit was, [ made up my mind to try it. But how was tinvillain to get away with the loot? Now you commence to study out how you would do it and you begin to grasp the villain's wonderful foresight in bringing the two ruffians. }!<• puts the jewels in a bag and goes to the window. Outside, the two ruffians are Johnnies on the spot. They are waiting for the swag. Inside, the villain leans on the windowsill which the housemaid forgot to dust. They show you the dust on his sleeve in a big picture. Perhaps you don't understand, but, right there, while he was dropping the swag out to his pals, when he leaned his elbow on the sill, hemade the mistake of his life. The loss of the jewels is discovered. The villain looks as innocent as the colored boy who said, "I haint seen yer chickens." but Papa Danvcr telephones to police headquarters. The police moved so ouickly that I suspected the operator of whirling the reel Two detectives appear at the house, Sherlock Carter and Xick Holmes. Sherlock Carter, the handsome guy, is given a dress suit by Papa Danver, and it fits the detective as though it was made for him, then he is introduced to the guests. The very first thin? he notices is the dust on the sleeve. That is enough for him. Any man with dust on his sleeve is a villain at heart. Although Sehrlock Carter has all the evidence needed to indicate who stole the jewels, he bides his time. After the ball is over, the villain leaves the mansion unscarched and hands the adventuress into a cab. The moment he gets in, the two detectives hold up the cabby and make him chancre clothes with Sherlock Carter Why this act of daring, right there in the street? Because Sherlock Carter knows that the undusted villain must have had accomplices, and he must trace the Danver's jewels tthe den of thieves. We are transported to the ratr-picker'- den. What a tough bunch, all but the rag-picker's beautiful daughter! I couldn't help feeling sorry for her. Tn spite of unfavorable environment and hereditary tendencies of doubtful value, the rag-picker's daughter was a true-hearted girl. The gang welcomes the society thief and the elccran' adventuress, then they step aside to let the detective slip in and hide behind a barrel. That foolhardy act couv^s near costing him his life. The moment the jewels arc shown, he steps forth with two guns and tries to point them at a half dozen people at the same time. Bing! Some fellow gives it to him in the back. Down he goes, and they sew him up in a sack. Then the villain and the ruffians and the adventuress and the rag-picker =tep out to give the beautiful daughter a chance to do her noble act. She releases Sherlock Carter, then, instead of beating it. she feels that she owes a duty to the homicidal gang. She gets in the sack and the man she has saved sews her up in it. Could anything be more noble? By Jimminy. when you think of the sacrifices women make for men they never saw before in their lives, you cannot wonder that we call them "antrel eyes" and "lovey dovey." The gansr carries her to the river and swing the bag once. Great heavens! Supposing that one of them, by mere accident, should let his hand slip! It would be all

over with the rag-picker's beautiful daughter. The water is real. They swing her two times. We know the next will be the last. What is that fool of a detective doing all this time? All! At last! Jle shows a little common sense. He summons the police.. The ruffians are about to make the third swing, the get just about as far as "th—" when, hooray, hooray, the police arrive in the nick of time, save the girl, capture the gang and recover the jewels. Sherlock Carter does not claim any reward when he returns the Danver's jewels. lie has his reward. Can't you guess? Why, he marries the beautiful rag-picker's, or the rag-picker's beautiful, daughter. As soon as I finish this article, 1 am going down among the rag-pickers and see if there are any more. I would like to have one just tin- same as that. The melodrama was all right because it did not pretend to be anything else. We go to the auto races, not to gaze upon mangled forms and bloody faces, but because we like to see something really dreadful nearly happen. That feeling of suspense where danger threatens takes hundreds of thousands to watch men fly in the air. I honestly preferred that energetic melodrama to half-efforts shown in some of the higher plays, where the incidents are shown and the soul of the piece totally lost.