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Balked at the Altar (1908)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  25 August 1908 (USA)
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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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2 By Griffith
28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Balked At the Altar (1908)

** (out of 4)

D.W. Griffith film about a woman who will stop at nothing to get a man to marry her and that includes help from her father and his shotgun. Like many "wedding" pictures of its time, we get a long chase scene, which really isn't too funny.

Calamitous Elopement, A (1908)

*** (out of 4)

D.W. Griffith film has a boyfriend proposing to his girl only to get caught by her father and thrown out of the house. The two decide to run off and get married, which is overheard by a thief who plans to take advantage of their decision. This comedy from Griffith works pretty good, although it's a tad bit hard to follow at the start. When the thief enters things pick up because the film doesn't play out (or go for the laughs) the way you'd expect. You can spot the director playing one of the cops in the film.


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