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The Valet's Wife (1908)

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Reggie Van Twiller was the typical New York twentieth century young man, who lived his life free and untrammeled by the mesh of the matrimonial net. He resided luxuriously in bachelor ... See full summary »

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Reggie Van Twiller
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Charles Avery ...
Mr. Tubbs
George Gebhardt ...
Dinner Guest
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Valet
Guy Hedlund
Arthur V. Johnson ...
Reverend Haddock
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Owen Moore
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Mabel Stoughton
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Reggie Van Twiller was the typical New York twentieth century young man, who lived his life free and untrammeled by the mesh of the matrimonial net. He resided luxuriously in bachelor apartments, surrounded by a coterie of agreeable companions. His social duties were that exigent as to prevent his working for a livelihood. Still the money must come from somewhere, so Reggie devised a scheme. His nearest kin and benefactor was an uncle, the Rev. Eben Haddock, who had often, in Reggie's extreme youth, lent a helping hand. The old gentleman was of a benevolent nature and Reggie felt sure of the successful outcome of his plan. Knowing that the old man's most ardent wish was that he, Reggie, should marry and settle down, he writes him that he had at last taken a wife, and of course Reggie's allowance was increased. This, in time, proved inadequate to his mode of living, and a second letter was dispatched that his reverence had been made a grand uncle, and another increase in the allowance ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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5 December 1908 (USA)  »

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The Superiority of Visual Narrative
29 November 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

If reading Victorian novels was dull enough, D.W. Griffith brought a breath of fresh air to narrative by using comedy in his short films with Mack Sennett, as well as the use of editing and changing the camera angles in his more serious films. A film like this one demonstrates the superiority of visual narrative over the Victorian novel.


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