The Star Gazer (1914)

The gazer is an aged astronomer, who earns a meager living for himself and his daughter with his telescope, at five cents per look. His daughter falls in love with a newspaper reporter. ... See full summary »

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Murdock MacQuarrie
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Cast

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Murdock MacQuarrie ... The Old Astronomer
Agnes Vernon ... The Old Astronomer's Daughter
Millard K. Wilson Millard K. Wilson ... The Daughter's Sweetheart (as M.K. Wilson)
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The gazer is an aged astronomer, who earns a meager living for himself and his daughter with his telescope, at five cents per look. His daughter falls in love with a newspaper reporter. They become engaged. The matter of a trousseau on a slender purse troubles them. The father endeavors to raise money by securing a second mortgage on their home. He fails. During his absence his daughter cleans house. While polishing with kerosene oil, a fire breaks out in the room. Its furnishings are burned. A fireman, after putting out the blaze, discovers a charred rag, saturated with kerosene. He becomes suspicious. So the next day when the old man comes to collect his fire insurance, he is accused of arson and arrested. The reporter visits the house and finds a fireman on watch. A fresh fire breaks out and the reporter, in looking for the cause, discovers a ray of sun, reflected through the telescope, focused at a small spot on the dry floor. It smolders and ignites, thus proving that the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1914 (USA) See more »

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Nestor Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An ingenious little plot
31 March 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This contains quite an ingenious little plot, the scenario being written by Calder Johnstone. Murdock MacQuarrie plays the part of an old man with a telescope, through which he allows people to look at the heavens for five cents. The telescope sets the house on fire. A pretty love affair is thrown in. The character of the old man is new and appealing, and the story is pleasing. - The Moving Picture World, November 7, 1914


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