A Helping Hand
A poor old fiddler playing his violin in a restaurant is about to be turned out when a diner - himself a famous music-hall artiste - causes him to remain as his guest. The diner tells the manager of the restaurant that, in order to help the old man, he will give a performance of his music-hall act. He then appears in his stage make-up. After a space has been cleared for him, he gives an exceedingly clever acrobatic performance in which he builds a tower with tables, chairs and boxes, up which he climbs, wobbling and floundering. On reaching the top, he ends his act by suddenly falling to the floor, but standing up as if nothing had happened. His performance is loudly applauded by waiters and guests. The hat is then passed round and the proceeds given to the old fiddler.
G. Donaldson, Of Joy and Sorrow. A Filmography of Dutch Silent Fiction, Amsterdam (1997), p. 88
Dramagraph-Woche 1, 1912, pp. 14-15