Schneider is trying to write a speech but he can't concentrate with all the noise around him. During the night, Schneider catches burglars in his house, but when he sees they are stealing all the noisy distractions, he helps them get away.





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Credited cast:
Mr. Schneider
Mrs. Schneider
Anita Hendrie ...
The Violinist
First Thief
Herbert Prior ...
Second Thief
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Clara T. Bracy


Friend Schneider has been selected to respond to the toast "To the Ladies" at the annual banquet of the Liederkranz, the members feeling that they would hear something great, as Schneider was considered somewhat of a poet by his friends. Schneider goes home to prepare his poetic effusion and is interrupted by the arrival of his sister Lena and her young son Fritz. Now the trouble begins. First Fritz teases the parrot until its squawking annoys Schneider and he cannot write; next it is the phonograph, then a trombone, etc. However, night comes and all is still, when, hark, our friend is startled by mysterious footfalls. Investigating he finds burglars have entered the house, but they are musically inclined and have gathered together the above mentioned instruments of torture, phonograph, trombone, parrot, etc. Hence, Schneider not only helps them on their way, but pays them for what he esteems a blessing. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Comedy | Short





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8 April 1909 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with A Rude Hostess (1909). See more »

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It is a clean bit of comedy
16 August 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A Biograph comedy which depicts Schneider after he has been invited to respond to the toast "The Ladies" and is endeavoring to prepare his speech. First a trombone in the hands of a husky boy disturbs him. Then it is his wife and her music master practicing on their violins. Next a phonograph breaks in upon him. He gets them all quieted after a time, including the parrot, which had been roused to frenzy by the torments of the boy. Just as he is getting to work burglars enter the house and steal all the musical instruments. Schneider discovers them, and when he finds that they are after the musical instruments he assists them to get away with their booty and even gives them money for taking the noise producing articles. Then he goes back to his speech in peace. It is a clean bit of comedy and is a welcome relief from some of the inane things that pass for comedy. - The Moving Picture World, April 17, 1909

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