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The most satisfying and pleasurable sensation experienced is "getting even," especially where one has been held up to ridicule before a jeering mob. Such was the reguerdon of Bud, the Kid ... See full summary »



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Jim Blake
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The most satisfying and pleasurable sensation experienced is "getting even," especially where one has been held up to ridicule before a jeering mob. Such was the reguerdon of Bud, the Kid of the Mining Camp, after suffering gross humiliation at the hands of the other cowboys and miners. Miss Lucy, the belle of the camp, is introduced to the Kid, and makes an impression; the Kid becomes quite seriously inclined towards her. The boys, more in the spirit of jest than chagrin, poke fun at him; call him the baby, and end with Jim Blake spanking him. Needless to say the Kid is mortified and swears to get square. A masque ball is to be held that night, so Bud plans his revenge. All tog out in grotesque costumes, a high old time is imminent, for it is fair to assume that the society folk of the camp will be well represented. Bud, however, feigns a toothache and will not go. Dressed up in carnival duds, the gang leaves the shack for the pavilion. All gone. Bud jumps from his bunk, and dresses ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Released as a split reel along with the drama The Children's Friend (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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