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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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100% of domestic accidents happen in the home...
8 December 2008 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

This early British comedy is fairly entertaining on first viewing but doesn't hold up well to scrutiny upon repeated screenings. That's not really a criticism of the film itself as the state of the nascent industry back in 1903. Films were still fairly primitive, the idea that they might tell a narrative instead of simply capturing glimpses of real life still a new one.

Influential Brighton filmmaker George Albert Smith brings plenty of tricks and innovative ideas to this tale of a dotty housemaid (played by his wife) who manages to blow herself up by lighting the kitchen stove with paraffin before returning from the grave to frighten passers-by.

Smith combines long, medium and close shots to tell his tale which looks at first like a variety act before the 'mishap' sparks a quick succession of camera trickery that moves the story onto a supernatural aspect.


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