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The Note in the Shoe (1909)

A shoe-factory worker puts a note in a shoe box offering to marry the lucky buyer. As a result, she is dismissed from her job, but her employer finds her so attractive that he suggests a new job for her, as his wife.





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Credited cast:
Ella Berling
Anita Hendrie ...
The Mother
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
The Messenger / Factory Employee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
In Office
In Store
Customer Who Finds Note
In Office
Factory Employee
In Store
In Store
Factory Employee / In Store
The Butler


The pretty little romance which forms the plot of this subject shows one of the subtle ways Cupid has in bringing about the affined condition in two hearts entirely unlooked for. Ella Berlins is engaged as a shoe packer at the Lone Star Shoe Factory, and by way of a lark, and egged on by her companions, writes a note of usual type and places it in the lining of a shoe. The shoe is one of a consignment to a retailer, and falls into the hands of one of his best customers, although an awful grouch. In a fury he returns the shoes with what he considers an insulting note, and declares he will buy his shoes elsewhere in the future. The dealer is at first inclined to feel amused over the incident, but when he realizes the loss be suffers, he at once writes of the affair to the manufacturer. The result is that Ella is called before the proprietor and fired. However, her sweet, innocent face makes such an impression on the proprietor that he reconsiders her dismissal and she returns to work. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama





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6 May 1909 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with One Busy Hour (1909). See more »

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Definition of Beauty
1 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

I didn't like this short film for the following reasons. The 34 year old D.W. Griffith uses his leading ladies like Mary Pickford to define beauty. For me, she is a just looking Canadian woman. In the process of defining beauty in this film, he demonises diversity, discrediting the marginalized to uplift his interpretation of mainstream society. There is certainly character tension between the players, but its not to do with the story. Some of it is a result of the spartan conditions that the actors had to live in whilst they traveled west to shoot this film. Part of it is also to do with Griffith's attitudes and the way that he treated his players.

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