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  • Love and Brass Buttons (1916)
  • Short | Short, Comedy
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Love and Brass Buttons (1916)
Short | Short, Comedy

O'Toole, who is one of the biggest and finest men on the force, is smitten with the charms of Bridget Mahoney, who is the Police Commissioner's cook. O'Toole's beat embraces the district in which the commissioner's house is located, and he...See moreO'Toole, who is one of the biggest and finest men on the force, is smitten with the charms of Bridget Mahoney, who is the Police Commissioner's cook. O'Toole's beat embraces the district in which the commissioner's house is located, and he is to be found frequently in the commissioner's kitchen. There is a transfer in the department and O'Toole is assigned another beat. Some time later the commissioner finds O'Toole in the kitchen and orders him off the place. The commissioner has a lovely daughter and O'Toole has a handsome son. The two are very much in love, but the commissioner objects to having a policeman's son hanging around and the two young people have to do their loving on the sly. Shortly after O'Toole receives his walking orders, he meets his son and the two are sympathizing with each other when the commissioner's daughter comes along and tells Pat that as her mother and father intend going to the theater that night it will be a good time for him to call. At eight-thirty the coast was clear and Pat and his lady love have the parlor to themselves. O'Toole has taken advantage of the tip and he and Bridget are having a glorious time in the kitchen. With the many schooners of beer and the warm room, O'Toole gets sleepy and goes to sleep in the chair, while Bridget, sitting upon his knee, leans her head against his shoulder. Unknown to his father, Pat is imitating his old Dad. His girl sits upon his lap and the two are in the throes of a love spasm when they suddenly hear the commissioner and his wife returning. Pat takes refuge in a closet, and Mollie, running into the kitchen, discovers O'Toole and Bridget fast asleep. She tells them of the arrival of her parents, and while O'Toole tried to hide behind the stove, Bridget fusses around as if she was very busy. The commissioner greets his daughter fondly while the wife goes upstairs to take off her wraps. As she opens the closet door she finds Pat therein. She screams and faints. The family think it is a burglar, and all rush upstairs, but none are brave enough to enter the closet, and rout the burglar. O'Toole, hearing the commotion, thinks he will play the hero, and win the good graces of the commissioner. When he hears Bridget scream he rushes upstairs to capture the burglar, not knowing it is his own son. The excited family tell him the burglar is in the closet, and O'Toole bravely opens the door and orders him out. It is a surprised father who confronts his cowering son, and they realize that it is necessary to do some quick work. O'Toole begins beating the wall, firing his revolver, and while the family run out, panic-stricken, to get help, Pat is enabled to escape. When the family return with assistance they find a very disheveled O'Toole, and he is complimented on his brave action. He apologizes for not capturing the criminal, and tells his auditors that there were five of them, all of them desperate. The commissioner congratulates O'Toole and promises him promotion for his brave work, and also allows O'Toole the freedom of the kitchen twice a week. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Writer
Al Christie (scenario) (as Al E. Christie)
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Updated May 26, 1916

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May 26, 1916 (United States)

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5 cast members
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Harry L. Rattenberry
Officer O'Toole (as Harry Rattenberry) Officer O'Toole (as Harry Rattenberry)   See fewer
Bess Alexander
Bridget Mahoney Bridget Mahoney   See fewer
Neal Burns
Tim O'Sullivan Tim O'Sullivan   See fewer
Billie Rhodes
Mollie O'Sullivan Mollie O'Sullivan   See fewer
Ray Gallagher
Patrick O'Toole Patrick O'Toole   See fewer
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