The First Violin (1912)

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Old Von Shultz, the first violin, finds as he grows older a longing for companionship. Hurrying from the theater the old musician finds little Helen sleeping on the steps of the stage door. He picks her up and takes her to his comfortably furnished home. The old man even grows childish, he is so pleased with the little tot's presence and he gives her the love with which his heart abounds. The next day he learns from the morning papers that Helen's mother and father were lost in a fire. He spends many happy hours with her, playing with her toys. He takes her to rehearsals with him, where she is the pet of the musicians. One year later Helen shows an aptness for the stage. This delights the old musician and the child grows nearer and dearer to his heart. A sad blow, however, comes to him when the Children's Society take the little girl away from him and once more he finds himself a lonely old man. Helen is taken from the Children's Society by a family who make her life one of drudgery. In later years, however, she is fortunate enough to come in contact with those who assist her to a place upon the stage, where she gains fame and fortune. The old violinist has lost his position. Crossing one of the streets, he is run down by a passing automobile, which is occupied by Helen and her maid. She assists the old musician into her car and Helen takes him home with her, where she learns, while she is playing a familiar air on her violin, their relationship. Written By Moving Picture World synopsis  Less

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