At a Quarter of Two (lost silent film; 1911)

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The only locatable image of the film.

Status: Lost

At a Quarter of Two, also known as At a Quarter After Two and At a Quarter to Two, is a silent film that was directed and produced by Independent Motion Pictures (IMP), and released in 1911.[1] The film stars actress Mary Pickford and actor King Baggot in the lead roles.

In 1914, the film was re-released under the title Mr. Burglar, M. D. being shown as a Universal picture after IMP and other film agencies all merged to create one studio.[2][3] The new name took form from the plot of the film in which Dan Nolan (King Baggot) was unemployed due to a worker's strike, and grows hungry and desperate to point of stealing. He finds a residence of which he can easily burglarize, and cuts the telephone wires so that the police can't be called. He breaks into the room of a sick child and hides in the closet as a nurse and mother attempt to care for the child. In the end, Nolan finds himself helping to care for the child with a change of heart, rather than further attempting malice.[4]

In 1995, The AFI/Ableson collection had acquired an episode of the serial Screen Snapshots, which included frames from the movie. However, these are the only images of the film known to exist, and to date no major archive is known to host the film physically, let alone online.[5]


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