Category Archives: O. Henry

A Retreived Reformation by O. Henry

Americans love rogues. O.Henry gave us Jimmy Valentine, the master safecracker with a heart of gold. Jimmy has fallen in love, gone straight, become a successful businessman and now must risk all and crack one more safe to save a … Continue reading

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Cabellero’s Way by O. Henry

As a child, on radio and later television I knew the Cisco Kid as “O. Henry’s famous Robin Hood of the old west.” The character only appears in one story and this is it. He is more infamous than famous. … Continue reading

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The Cop and the Anthem by O. Henry

Winter is a coming in and Soapy must leave his park bench and seek refuge on the Island (Riker’s) where the cells are warm and the meals regular. Try as he might he just can’t seem to get arrested. The … Continue reading

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The Last Leaf by O. Henry

This was one of the stories used in the film O. Henry’s Full House (1952). In the original, two struggling young artists live in a tiny apartment in the Village that would probably go for $3700 a month these days. … Continue reading

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The Love-Philtre of Ikey Schoenstein by O. Henry

Chunk McGowan was a big brawling Irish laborer and Ikey Schoenstein was a druggist. They shared a landlord, Mr. Riddle, and they were both in love with his daughter, Rosy. Chuck wants Rosy to elope with him and she keeps … Continue reading

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The Phonograph and the Graft by O. Henry

Two grifters decide to introduce the phonograph to South America. In a small country they meet the assistant to the President whose graft is that of being the only honest man in the country. They become involved in his attempt … Continue reading

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The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry

This was one of the O.Henry stories in the 1952 film “O.Henry’s Full House”. It is about a pair of crooks trying to raise a grubstake for a big swindle. They kidnap the son of a rich man in a … Continue reading

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The Whirligig of Life by O. Henry

JUSTICE-OF-THE-PEACE Benaja Widdup is relaxing in the afternoon when he sees the cart of Ransie and Ariela Bilbro approaching. They want a divorce. The Justice is uncertain as to whether that is within his authority or not but reasons if … Continue reading

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