The Moving Picture Girls

Read by Cori Samuel

(4.6 stars; 104 reviews)

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 neighbour 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.

Summary by Cori Samuel. (4 hr 34 min)


01 - An Unceremonious Departure 12:06 Read by Cori Samuel
02 - Russ Dalwood Apologizes 11:13 Read by Cori Samuel
03 - The Old Trouble 15:22 Read by Cori Samuel
04 - Despondency 12:26 Read by Cori Samuel
05 - Replaced 9:43 Read by Cori Samuel
06 - A New Proposition 10:27 Read by Cori Samuel
07 - Alice Changes Her Mind 12:34 Read by Cori Samuel
08 - "Pay Your Rent, or——" 9:35 Read by Cori Samuel
09 - Mr. DeVere Decides 11:10 Read by Cori Samuel
10 - The Man in the Kitchen 11:07 Read by Cori Samuel
11 - Russ is Worried 12:07 Read by Cori Samuel
12 - The Photo Drama 8:16 Read by Cori Samuel
13 - Mr. DeVere's Success 13:12 Read by Cori Samuel
14 - An Emergency 9:52 Read by Cori Samuel
15 - Jealousies 9:12 Read by Cori Samuel
16 - The Moving Picture Girls 13:07 Read by Cori Samuel
17 - A Promise 9:54 Read by Cori Samuel
18 - A Hit 13:44 Read by Cori Samuel
19 - A Bit of Outdoors 13:21 Read by Cori Samuel
20 - Farmer Sandy Apgar 9:13 Read by Cori Samuel
21 - Overheard 9:29 Read by Cori Samuel
22 - The Warning 9:14 Read by Cori Samuel
23 - The Missing Model 10:38 Read by Cori Samuel
24 - The Pursuit 8:23 Read by Cori Samuel
25 - The Capture 9:26 Read by Cori Samuel


warm, touching book, the wonderful reader cori samuel

(4 stars)

At first I felt let down by the fact that: "Laura Lee Hope is the pseudonym for numerous writers under the Stratemeyer Syndicate including Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930) himself, his daughter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (1892-1982), Howard Roger Garis (1873–1962), and his wife Lilian McNamara Garis (d.1954) who wrote the Bobbsey Twins juvenile series." Ususally, I am not a fan of childrens and young persons books but the moving picture girls was written in 1914 and there is a maturity to it during this ominous and hard time(ww1, wealth disparity, the lead up to the stockmarket crash)which is deserving of a good rating. . Its not your usual Bobbsey twins fare, written by one or two writers of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Im not that cynical, and my hat is off to that or those writers who wrote this serious book at the beginning and the good old happy middle to ending. Its one of those needed lighter works giving me a break from my Dostoevksy, Turgenev,Eugene O'Neill, et al

great book and reader!

(5 stars)

Very enjoyable and had some amusing moments. It’s a less elementary in style than say “Bobbsey Twins” or “Six Little Bunkers” which is nice. I recommend it and with there were more on here! Thank you Cori! Keep up the good work! I also love “Aunt Create’s Emancipation” recorded by the same reader.

great light listening

(5 stars)

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, even if it did seem targeted to a younger audience. I would have enjoyed this as a kid, and even as someone in his 60s, it was a nice break from heavier, more serious literature. Beautifully narrated, but all of her stuff is great, so that was no surprise.

Cute book

(3 stars)

Not much to it. Intended for children and young people. Interesting stuff on the earliest days of "moving pictures". Very well read. If you're interested in books about the old silent movies, I thought that these two were great: Merton of the Movies and Mollie of the Movies, especially the first one.


(4.5 stars)

There are two things that make listening to this book a must. One is the narrator Cori Samuel who brings a delightful voice that represents each character to perfection. Two is the story itself which is rife with humor, charm and interest. Thank you LibriVox and especially Ms Samuel!

sweet story

(5 stars)

Cori Samuel is amazing as usual she narrates the story beautifully. the story is very sweet and is stopped from being a little too sweet with real life situations that the girls and their father have to deal with it was very good.

Excellent !!

(5 stars)

This sweet old fashioned book, authored by a group of writers that also gave us The Bobbsey Twins, is well read by the expressive Cori Samuel of fame. It is a good listen for a rainy afternoon or a commute. Enjoy!

cute fast moving tale

(4 stars)

excellent reader and recording. cute book, suitable for all ages though females will probably enjoy it more than males. learn a bit about the early movie production process as well.