Gaumont's The Cobbler and the Millionaire was a "split reel" job, released as a companion feature for the company's French production Little Drummer of 1872. While trying to relax in his opulent mansion, a millionaire is disturbed by the tap-tap-tapping from the cobbler shop next door (quite an eclectic neighborhood!) The rich man gives the cobbler a sack of gold on the condition that he cease cobbling for a while. Now a man of wealth himself, the cobbler becomes increasingly paranoid over the possibility of being robbed. Unable even to sleep at night for fear of being murdered in his bed, the cobbler decides that it just isn't worth it and returns to gold to the millionaire. Original prints of The Cobbler and the Millionaire were color-tinted by hand.
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