The Old Cobbler is a 1914 American silent drama film directed by Murdock MacQuarrie. The film features Murdock MacQuarrie, Richard Rosson, Agnes Vernon and Lon Chaney. The Old Cobbler was MacQuarrie's debut film as a director. The film is now considered to be lost.[2]

The Old Cobbler
Directed byMurdock MacQuarrie
Written bySeymour Hastings[1]
StarringMurdock MacQuarrie
Richard Rosson
Lon Chaney
Agnes Vernon
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 27, 1914 (1914-06-27)
Running time
20 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent with English intertitles



Nathan, an old cobbler, catches his son, Dick, stealing money from his wallet. He throws the boy out, hoping that tough love will shape the boy up. His alcoholic wife is all he has left, but when he goes upstairs, he finds her dead. Nathan heads West and settles down in a mining camp where he develops a reputation for being kind and charitable. One day, Wild Bill, a gunslinger, comes to Nathan to have a boot repaired and treats him rudely. Nathan throws the man out of his shop, and Wild Bill comes to respect the old man's courage. The two men develop a friendship.

Bill's sweetheart, Jess, is a dance hall girl and when she has a slipper repaired by Nathan, he returns it to her with a note inside. The note touches her so deeply that she gives up her dance hall life. One day Bill captures a highwayman who robbed a stage and recognizes the boy as Nathan's son Dick from a photograph Nathan had shown him. He leaves the boy in Nathan's custody and returns the stolen money, reporting that the robbers got away.





Moving Picture World wrote: "Mr. MacQuarrie shines greatest in a character role, and here is one that could not have been improved upon if it had been written especially for him. The supporting cast, with Lon Chaney and Mr. Rosson at the head, gives a telling account of itself. The settings, for the most part, are Western, picturesque and beautifully photographed."[3]


  1. ^ Mirsalis, Jon C. "The Old Cobbler". Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  2. ^ "Silent Era: The Old Cobbler". silentera. Retrieved June 19, 2008.
  3. ^ Mirsalis, Jon C. "The Old Cobbler". Retrieved October 6, 2020.