William Thompson and John Smith occupied offices in the same New York skyscraper, and both being seized with an irrepressible desire to cut loose and paint things crimson, arranged it as ... See full summary »

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Anthony O'Sullivan ...
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William Thompson and John Smith occupied offices in the same New York skyscraper, and both being seized with an irrepressible desire to cut loose and paint things crimson, arranged it as follows in this Biograph picture. Thompson sent a message to his wife that his friend Smith was ill, and it was his duty to perform that spiritual work of mercy, "comfort the afflicted," hence he would not have her wait up for him as he might be late. Smith did likewise, using Thompson as the object of his humane consideration. This done, they start off to make a night of it. First they visit the gilded throne room of a temple of Bacchus, where they moisten their parched spirits with dry Martinis. They are soon in a most glorious condition. Smith suggests the show where "Amateur Night" is on. Fine! They take a box. Well, what they do there simply baffled the attempt at description. Suffice it to say, it ends with their being thrown out of the place. Now they attempt to lead each other homeward. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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2 June 1908 (USA)  »

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The Old Model
19 October 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Wallace McCutcheon directed this slapstick comedy about a man who goes out on the town and gets home too drunk to open his door with a key. After throwing a brick at a window to attract his wife's attention -- only to have it hit him on the way down -- he tries climbing into the second floor window with the usual disastrous results.

I titled this review "the old model" and it clearly is. It's a stage comedy from beginning to end, from its stage backdrops to the mannered and artificial way in which Anthony O'Sullivan, as the star, takes his pratfalls. Soon Griffith would take over the studio and change everything.

Mack Sennett has a small role in this one, though. He had some ideas of his own...


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