|Title ID||8397||Collection ID||1188|
|Theme||Early film in the South East Family life|
|Keywords||Animals Social Class Everyday Life Family|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
A dog earns a reward which transforms the fortunes of a family in this 1908 James Williamson production.
"£100 Reward" appears on a title card before the film opens with a scene in which two burglars appear to be stealing from a disheveled a bedroom. They climb out of the open window before a maid enters and rings the service bell in alarm at the sight of the room. Another maid, the butler and the owner of the house, Lady Winifred Owen, enter in dismay at the mess, checking in the draws to find her jewelry missing. The butler climbs out of the window after the thieves. In a nearby country lane, they leap over a gate pursued by the butler. One fires a gun in his direction and he collapses to the floor. They stash the loot in a drain pipe set into a bank.
A woman is washing clothes at a small wooden table inside a sparse cottage. A baby in a basket is set on the floor and a dog sits in the corner of the room. Her husband returns to empty cupboards, and take the dog out with him. He reads that Lady Winifred Owen offers a reward of £100 for information regarding gold and diamond brooches, rings and necklaces "stolen from "West Dean" on February 25th 1908...". Continuing on his way, he stops to talk to another man, who offers to buy the dog. The man takes the money but changes his mind as the dog seems distressed. The dog then discovers the burglars' hiding place, dragging the jewelry out of the pipe. The man takes it to Lady Winifred who thanks the dog and owner, writing him a cheque and giving him a basket of food to take home. He shows the policemen where the dog found the stolen belongings and they arrest the thieves when they return to their hiding place.
Back at the cottage, the woman carries out her chores in comfort. They have new furniture, a high chair for the baby, net curtains, pictures on the walls, vase of flowers and a mangle. Bread and tea is laid on a new tablecloth for when he husband comes home. Lady Owen arrives with gifts for the dog and the baby.