A young couple must endure a tedious visit from their aunt until their friend offers to find a way to make her leave.





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Credited cast:
Florence Auer ...
Matilda Scroggins
Flora, Aunty's Ward
Tom Norton
Arthur V. Johnson ...
Revered Joshua Wittington
Herbert Prior ...
Bill Corker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ...
Stephanie Longfellow ...
The Maid (unconfirmed)
David Miles ...


Tom Norton married Flora, the niece and young ward of Miss Matilda Scroggins, and in a moment of indiscreet good humor writes Aunty to visit them at their villa. Of course Aunty comes, and is accompanied by the Rev. Joshua Whittington, the gentleman who has done the deed for the young couple. No sooner have they set foot on the place than the trouble begins. First of all, Aunty and the reverend gentleman object strenuously to the candied affection indulged in by the young couple. Then they proceed to run things to their own Ideas. The cook does not furnish the table to suit them, so there is trouble in the kitchen; the servants are not alert enough, so they fall in for a share of the interlopers' despotism: and soon the household is in a tumult verging upon insurrection. At last a shaft of light breaks in upon the dark and stormy aspect in the person of Bill Corker, an old college chum of Tom's, who is the comedian of a show playing in the town, and he calls. Hearing the tale of woe ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy





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31 May 1909 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eradicating Auntie  »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the drama His Duty (1909). See more »

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2 March 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The 34 year old D.W. Griffith displays hostility to diversity in this short film. He is presenting an unbroken continuity of the settling community in American history, cutting links with the marginalized and using his characters to say that Anglo-Saxon stock has rightful claim to continuity in the New World. The poor are regarded as outsiders in the poor, making an encoded statement that they have no use in society. He contrasts poverty with fashionable trends, allowing it to sink beneath the layers of mainstream sensibilities. The characters are not socially mixed, and it is definitely pitched towards a homogenous preserve.

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