Besides directing many, many dramas for Biograph, D.W. Griffith directed a goodly number of comedies: a full program for a movie theater. The following year, Biograph would establish a unit to do comedies under Mack Sennett and later Eddie Dillon.
John Cumpson and Florence Lawrence appeared in about ten domestic comedies as Mr. and Mrs. Jones. In this one, they have a nice series of encounters with other members of their theatrical company, with a nice series of gags as Miss Lawrence objects to Mr. Cumpson playing a love scene with a neighbor and a nice turn by Mr. Cumpson and other gentlemen over drinks.
Although the modern movie-goer, if he thinks about silent comedies at all, thinks of them as wild slapstick, there were a lot of relatively polite comedies in the era and this one is very nice. It would not last. Mr. Cumpson would leave Biograph and go to Edison, where he appeared in a number of comedies as "Bumptious." Miss Lawrence would be lured away to what would become Universal, where she became the first star created by the movies. Mack Sennett would take the relatively polite comedy favored by Mr. Griffith and the Biograph management, cross it with French slapstick and make himself the American King of Comedy.
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