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Artemisia Sophia Stebbins was a lovelorn maiden who had delved deep into the mysteries of "Three Weeks," as well as being conversant with the teachings of Laura Jean Libby. Her one hobby ... See full summary »

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Artemisia Sophia Stebbins was a lovelorn maiden who had delved deep into the mysteries of "Three Weeks," as well as being conversant with the teachings of Laura Jean Libby. Her one hobby was to possess a hubby. Many there were whom she tried to hook, but in vain, for truth to say. Arte was of pulchritude a bit shy. She had the complexion of pale rhubarb and a figure like a wheat sack. Still her motto was "nil desperandum," and she was ever hopeful. One thing in her favor, her father. Obediah Stebbins, avowed his aid. Of the visitors who called at the Stebbins' domicile, Hezekiah Horubeak seemed the most probable to corral, so Artemisia set to work. Hez at first was a trifle recalcitrant, but was soon subdued by Obediah's gun, which we must admit possessed egregious powers of persuasion. The day for the wedding was set, and to the village church there flocked the natives to witness this momentous affair. All was progressing serenely until the all-important question was put to Hezekiah,... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A Mack Sennett Comedy
2 November 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Although this is an early movie by D.W. Griffith, it has all the earmarks of a Mack Sennett comedy half a decade further down the road: people, dressed in ill-fitting costumes, gesticulating wildly; a frantic chase with plenty of comic spills; and Mack Sennett himself in a leading role.

Still, there are already typical Griffith touches that show his superior talents. During one spill, a hand belonging to one of the fallen cast members, waves frantically before the camera, and a final close-up of the old maid reading THE THREE AGES and laughing happily. Griffith's handling is more controlled than Sennett's ever would be, his direction is more sympathetic and realistic and the chaos that takes place in front of the screen never distracts from the story.


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