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Harry's rich old bachelor uncle thinks Harry is still single. When Uncle announces a visit, Harry's wife has to play the part of the housekeeper so Uncle doesn't discover the truth.



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James Kirkwood ...
Zeke Wright
Billy Quirk ...
Tom Wright, Zeke's Nephew
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Zeke Wright, a wealthy old batch, has intimated his intention of making his two nephews his heirs, and having nothing but time on his bands, lakes it into his head to visit his nephew Tom, who is married and settled. Tom and his wife are goodies, no doubt, and the gay old chap is soon disgusted, so he decides in pull up stakes and visit Harry Wright, whom he thinks unmarried, not having been apprised of his romantic elopement and marriage. So he sends Harry a note, to wit: "Am disgusted with your cousin's wife. If you ever marry I'll cut you off. Am coming to visit you to-morrow." Holy smoke! Up against it for fair. Well, wits work, and Bessie plays the maid for the time being, but Foxy Nunky is wise and starts a persistent flirtation, much to the perturbation of Harry, who is at length forced to divulge. However, Uncle exclaimed: "Harry, you're all right and I'll double your allowance." So Nunky prolonged his stay with the Wrights. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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26 August 1909 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the drama The Seventh Day (1909). See more »


Referenced in Star Power: The Creation of United Artists (1998) See more »

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D.W. Griffith and Vivaldi
23 June 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

If the moving image is a progression of the novel and the play, then the silent film is also a progression of classical music because it relies on incidental music in order to advance the story. This three minute offering has a score that is equivalent to Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons'. It doesn't explain the classical piece in visual terms, but merely creates a vocabulary for classical music to have dialogue with moving imagery. Incidental music should enhance the experience of the viewer, and in this short film you begin the origins of that process taking place. I'm sure that Prokofiev, Elgar, Shostokovich and Grieg must have watched this piece and wondered if their music would be enriched in the Nickelodeons.

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