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Mary Jane's Mishap (1903)

Smith casts his wife as a sluttish housewife who is mutilated by lighting her oven with paraffin.

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Mary Jane (as Mrs. George Albert Smith)
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Mary Jane tries to light the oven. When she's unsuccessful, she plays around, getting black boot polish on her face. She mugs before a mirror. Then, it's back to work. When the stove still won't light, she pours in paraffin, winks at the camera, and lights a match. Kaboom! Is there any rest for the foolish, even in the grave? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Mary Jane malőrje  »

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Pretty entertaining for 1903
15 September 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is cute and watchable even today--and that's something you CAN'T say about many of the very early movies--particularly those of George Albert Smith. Most films of the day are of pretty mundane topics or are only about one or two minutes long. This film, in contrast, is longer and actually tries to have Mary Jane try to be a slapstick comedienne. She is a cook and doesn't seem to do anything right. While not great or amazing like the contemporary films of Georges Méliès, this is still pretty good and watchable--particularly the slapstick ending! Plus, films like this eventually led to films like those of the later and much more famous slapstick comedians, so historically it's pretty important.


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