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A Christmas Accident
(1912) American
B&W : One reel
Directed by [?] Bannister Merwin and/or Harold M. Shaw?

Cast: William Wadsworth [Mr. Gilton], Mrs. William Bechtel [Mrs. Gilton], Augustus Phillips [Mr. Bilton], Mrs. C.J. Williams [Mrs. Bilton], Edna Hamel [Cora Cordelia Bilton]

Thomas A. Edison, Incorporated, production; distributed by The General Film Company, Incorporated. / Scenario by Bannister Merwin, from a screen story by Annie Eliot Trumbull. / © 29 November 1912 by Thomas A. Edison, Incorporated [LP149]. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / Dawson City recovery film number 193.


Synopsis: A contented family lives next to a family headed by a Scrooge-like old man. A grocery order intended for the old man’s home is mistakenly delivered to the family next door. When the mistake is discovered, the family tries to return the food, which is rejected on principle. Next, the old man’s dog is discovered poisoned. On Christmas eve, the old man goes into a snowstorm to shop for a turkey. As he comes home, the storm causes him to stumble into the wrong home and he is immediately welcomed by the family next door. He is overwhelmed when he is given a present of a small teddy bear because his dog had died. The old man’s heart is redeemed by Christmas.

Survival status: Prints exist in the Library of Congress film archive (Public Archives of Canada/Dawson City collection) [35mm fine-grain duplicate negative (FPB 2843), 35mm fine-grain reference positive (FEB 2430)]; in the Museum of Modern Art film archive; and in the film holdings of Worldview Entertainment (Paul Killiam collection).

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Animals: Dogs - Children - Christmas

Listing updated: 14 March 2012.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Website-LoC; Website-NFPF.

Home video: DVD.

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