The Cricket on the Hearth (1914)

Caleb and Blind Bertha are seen at work. John Perrybingle and his sweetheart, Dot, are seen at the May Pole dance. John takes Dot to see their future home. Old Tackleton, who wants Edward's... See full summary »

Director:

Lorimer Johnston

Writers:

Charles Dickens (story), Lorimer Johnston (scenario)
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Sydney Ayres ... Caleb Plummer
Vivian Rich ... Dot
Jack Richardson ... Old Tackleton
Caroline Frances Cooke ... Bertha (as Caroline Cooke)
Harry von Meter ... John Perrybingle
Louise Lester ... Tilly Slowboy
Harris L. Forbes Harris L. Forbes ... Edward Plummer - Caleb's Son
Charlotte Burton ... May Fielding
Chick Morrison Chick Morrison ... Dot's Father (as Charles Morrison)
Violet Knights Violet Knights ... Vinnie (as Violet Neitz)
Edith Borella Edith Borella ... Mrs. Fielding
Julius Frankenburg Julius Frankenburg ... Porter
William Tedmarsh William Tedmarsh ... Old Gardener
Anna English Anna English ... Dot's Mother
Edit

Storyline

Caleb and Blind Bertha are seen at work. John Perrybingle and his sweetheart, Dot, are seen at the May Pole dance. John takes Dot to see their future home. Old Tackleton, who wants Edward's sweetheart for his wife, is insulting in his action to May and is knocked down by Edward, who really fears he has killed him. This compels Edward to escape and we see Tackleton on his recovery avenging on the poor father the son's action. Caleb is rendered poorer and poorer, but through it all he maintains a stout heart in order to conceal the real situation of their poverty from his blind daughter. Dot and John are married and oh, what a wonderful baby Tilly Slowboy has to take care of, and my, how the cricket chirps in their happy home. May, to save her father, consents to marry old Tackleton, and we see them on the way to the church. Edward comes back, though, and old Tackleton turns out better than we thought. Edward and May are married and then what a homecoming they all have. And how happy ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Short

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1914 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

We think it will be favorably received
10 May 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Dickens is a favorite with motion picture fans and there is much in this two-part offering to please. The backgrounds and characters are pleasing and, although the story has obscure passages for those who have not read the book, it has enough humanity to get over in spite of this. Its highest merit is an illustration to such spectators as remember the novel. We think it will be favorably received by average audiences. - The Moving Picture World, February 21, 1914


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed