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A confirmed bachelor learns that he will inherit his late uncle's fortune only if he marries, which he does reluctantly. Shortly afterward he returns to his bachelor lifestyle but realizes he can't get his wife's face out of his thoughts.





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Credited cast:
The Major
Clara T. Bracy ...
The Widow (unconfirmed)
The Widow's Daughter
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
The Lawyer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce ...
A Nun
The Major's Friend
A Priest
The Butler


Leave it to Cupid. He is the boy who knows how to make his point. The young Major is, in his own mind, a confirmed bachelor, but the fates oppose. His uncle has made his will conditional, knowing his reckless nature. He must marry within a stated time or lose his inheritance. The Major is apprised by the lawyer that the time limit draws near, and unless he marries at once, he is dished. To tell the truth, he feels that one condition is as odious as the other, particularly as his warning comes while he is enjoying himself with convivial chums at the club. "Marry, good heavens! But where's the bride?" Surely he must obtain a wife to order. Well, a search is made, but the astute attorney has anticipated the affair and interviewed a Spanish widow lady, whose daughter, still at convent school, is fair to look upon and of marriageable age. The wedding takes place, and woe is stamped upon the face of the hapless bridegroom as he comes up the aisle of the church. The girl, however, seems to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy | Drama





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30 September 1909 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the drama Wanted, a Child (1909). See more »

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2 by Griffith
7 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Getting Even (1909)

*** (out of 4) D.W. Griffith comedy about a mining town where all the men are in love with a young woman named Lucy (Mary Pickford). Budd, a younger guy, is also in love with her but he's constantly being picked on by the other men. To get even, Budd goes to a local dance dressed as a woman and soon all the guys start to hit on him. This is a pretty good short that has a few nice laughs. I'm not sure if this was one of the first cross dressing movies or not but I believe it's the earliest I've seen.

Awakening, The (1909)

** (out of 4)

D.W. Griffith short, which is rather rare because it has a screenplay by Mary Pickford. A man reluctantly marries a girl (Pickford) so that he can get his uncle's riches but after he gets the money he dumps her. Soon afterwards he begins to start seeing her face wherever he looks. This is a pretty by the numbers flick from Griffith who really doesn't bring much life to the story. I'm going to guess this is due to his feued with Pickford who not only demanded more money but demanded that Griffith let her write, which the director wasn't keen on.

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