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The Moving Picture Girls

Laura Lee Hope

Book Overview: 

Ruth and Alice DeVere and their father Hosmer struggle to make ends meet in New York City – times are hard, even for a talented actor like Mr. DeVere. Just as he successfully auditions for a new play, an old voice affliction renders him terribly hoarse and he loses the role. Despite voice rest and medical treatment, Mr. DeVere’s voice fails to improve, and it is impossible to find theatre work.

A friend and neighbor in their apartment building suggests that Mr. DeVere tries acting in the moving pictures (which being silent, would not need him to speak at all) but Mr. DeVere considers that business to be common and cheap. However, when they receive an eviction notice, and local shops refuse to extend credit, Mr. DeVere may have no choice … and where he goes, his daughters will follow.

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Book Excerpt: 
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For a few moments the two girls said nothing. They simply stood there, looking at their father, who was bowed with grief. It was something new for him—a strange rôle, for usually he was so jolly and happy—going about reciting odd snatches from the plays in which he had taken part.

"Does—does it hurt you, Daddy?" asked Ruth softly, as she stepped closer to him, and put her hand on his shoulder.

He raised himself with an effort, and seemed to shake off the gloom that held him prisoner.

"No—no," he answered in queer, croaking tones, so different from his usual deep and vibrant ones. "That's the odd part of it. I have no real pain. It isn't sore at all—just a sort of numbness."

"Did it come on suddenly?" asked Alice.

"Well, it did yesterday—very suddenly. . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was written in 1914 and I feel very confident in saying that it was commissioned by a movie studio. It's main purpose is to convince you that movies aren't low or crass and that theatre actors are snobby and obnoxious about this wonderful new medium.

It's part of a short (four or five book) seri

Although this book was written for younger audience, I really enjoyed it. It was so cute to read about the early days of movie making. I loved all the different characters and all the historical information. It was a nice, relaxing read. It is perfect for younger readers, or for young at heart reade

Cute tale about 2 plucky teenage sisters who help their dad, an actor who's lost his voice, find a new career in the silent film industry in NYC.

A quaint romp through a time in the early days of filming. One of those, learn a bit through a fiction book, similar to what the writer of The Swiss Family Robinson was attempting to do for his kids. Gives one some easy to understand elements of the (early) filming business. I liked how they called

5* Cori Samuel
La narración de Samuel ha mejorado definitivamente mi experiencia de esta historia.

Escrita en 1914 y dirigida a niños y adolescentes, utiliza las circunstancias de un actor y sus 2 hijas de 15 y 17 años para introducir al lector en el, entonces nuevo, mundo del cine.
La historia en sí e

This was so much better than I had expected. The 'mystery' (which I had expected to take up most of the book) actually was very pleasantly only a subplot. Most of the book is just about Ruth and Alice getting into the moving pictures and suporting their dad. I loved how much they cared for each othe

The Moving Picture Girls series is the linchpin of my thesis project, and I sincerely enjoy reading it, which is why I gave this five stars. This first volume in particular is an early 20th century children's novel with some odd tensions between the desire to be a nice girl who goes home quietly whe

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