The Switch Tower (1913)

Drama, Short

He was a regular boy and his father a switchman. The boy determined to be like his dad and spent his play hours around, the switch-tower. Thus at the crucial moment he was able to save his ... See full summary »

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25 February 2014 | MartinHafer
| I like that kid!
"The Switch Tower" (called "The Switchtower" on the actual title to the movie) is a very good film from the Biograph Studio. It tells a story well and is quite well done for 1912 (imdb says 1913).

The story begins with the father going to work at the railroad. He's a switchman--a guy whose job it is to turn the switches to route trains to various tracks. However, when his wife is accosted by evil hobos and runs to cover in a nearby shack, she happens upon a group of evil counterfeiters (led by a young Lionel Barrymore). When the husband sees this, he runs to the rescue but it captured. With no one to throw the switches, it's up to his little boy to do the job. The resourceful kid does but that isn't all....

This film features an interesting story that is told economically and well for the time. Worth seeing if you are a fan of early cinema.

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Drama | Short


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16 June 1913



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