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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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Shotgun Wedding Spinster
6 November 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Mabel Stoughton is a large-nosed woman who is, apparently, fond of ridiculous hairstyles. She reads (presumably) "The Three Ages", and has a yen for men. She finally snags one, assisted by her father's shotgun; and, they proceed to the altar. The intended groom escapes, which leads the entire wedding party on a merry chase… Notable for the New Jersey location footage featured prominently in the ending chase. Ms. Stoughton looks appropriately ridiculous, and could have had a more successful film career with better material. D.W. Griffith make an on-screen appearance, alongside his Biograph troupe. The supporting cast includes a "silly Negro", with Mack Sennett, Harry Solter, and George Gebhardt. All in all, not very funny.

** Balked at the Altar (8/25/08) D.W. Griffith ~ Mabel Stoughton, Harry Salter, George Gebhardt


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