Fisherman Kate (1914)
Comedy | Short
On Thursday, the 12th, Kate's home is a model of domestic felicity. That night, Hill, their troublemaking friend, arrives, and by his description of a glorious day's fishing, as proof of which he exhibits a fine string of fish, so fascinates Kate she insists that they take the sloop "Gazelle" next morning, Friday, the 13th, and try their luck. Bill is tickled to witness Dan's discomfiture at the thought of getting up at 6 o'clock next morning, but it is Dan's turn to laugh when it is discovered that the cat has eaten all the fish on Bill's string, which he had hung in the hall. Next morning they experience a great deal of trouble in getting abroad the boat and poor Dan, loaded down with bundles, furnishes much amusement for the other fishermen. After some practical jokes have been carried out among the party, during which Kate's roasted chicken falls into a pot of white paint and has to be thrown overboard, all quiets down. Suddenly Kate feels a tug at her line. With a shriek she jumps up and, grabbing her husband and two others, goes overboard, clothes and all. Then follows an exciting and heroic rescue, after which Kate proudly exhibits a four-inch baby fish as the cause of their ducking. She is obliged to wear a stout woman's suit of clothes, and her appearance causes boisterous laughter. Things go from bad to worse. Kate gets seasick and finally persuades the captain to start for home. There she wearily follows her husband up the village street, proudly ignoring the neighbors' comments on her outrageous attire. On reaching home, they are confronted by the calendar showing it is Friday, the 13th. Kate angrily tears it down, declaring they deserved all the bad luck it brought them.