Sammy Orpheus; or, The Pied Piper of the Jungle (1912)

Sammy, a good-natured, lazy, whimsical wandering minstrel has only one object in life, and that is to please himself with playing his flute. It gets him into manifold difficulties and it ... See full summary »

Director:

Colin Campbell

Writer:

Lanier Bartlett
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Tom Santschi ... Sammy Orpheus
Frank Richardson Frank Richardson ... Captain Randolph
Charles E. 'Bunny' Feehan Charles E. 'Bunny' Feehan ... The Restaurant Proprietor
George Hernandez George Hernandez ... The Cannibal Queen
Bessie Eyton ... Bowery Jennie - Sammy's Sweetheart
Eugenie Besserer ... Kate
Lillian Hayward ... Mrs. O'Rourke
Toodles ... The Elephant (as Toodles the Elephant)

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Sammy, a good-natured, lazy, whimsical wandering minstrel has only one object in life, and that is to please himself with playing his flute. It gets him into manifold difficulties and it also extricates him from them, so that he is content to drift through life to the easy music of his own making. He becomes a stowaway in a ship, but escapes hard labor through his music. He joins an exploring expedition and captures the fancy of the queen of the jungle. His escape from her attentions is thrilling and amusing. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy

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The humor doesn't seem quite spontaneous
20 April 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A picture likely to be popular because of its novelty, but as a story rather than as a comedy. The humor doesn't seem quite spontaneous. There is a mighty good idea in it. Sammy can play on the pipe like a very Orpheus; every one who hears must dance. That's the difficulty; no one can work while he's around and he is always in trouble. At length he lands on a South Sea island where they like his music too well, so he escapes to the jungle and finds a congenial spirit in an elephant, who carries him around and, in hours of relaxation, dances to his tunes. The subject was hardly one to be treated as a fantastic yarn such as a sailor would tell. It is at heart poetic and has an atmosphere inimical to such scenes as that in which the fat, darky chieftainess makes love to Sammy. It would have been better if all of it had been a little coarse or all had been poetical; with two aims, it doesn't hit anyone very hard. Thomas Santschi plays the lead. Bessy Eyton, appearing for a moment, does the best work in it. Besides these, there are in the cast, Eugenie Besserer, Lillian Hayward, George Hernandes (the cannibal queen), and Bunny Feeham. That restaurant scene is very well handled. Lanier Bartell wrote the scenario, which Colin Campbell produced. - The Moving Picture World, January 4, 1913


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1912 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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