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She Would Be an Actress (1909)

Mrs. Youngwife has become stage struck. She purchases a book, "How to Become a Great Actress," and soon imagines she is ready for her debut. The husband tries in vain to bring her to her ... See full summary »
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Mrs. Youngwife has become stage struck. She purchases a book, "How to Become a Great Actress," and soon imagines she is ready for her debut. The husband tries in vain to bring her to her senses and follows her in disguise. He breaks up her first performance, thrashes a too ardent admirer and tells her he will get a divorce. She prefers to sacrifice her "art" to her darling hubby and peace reigns forever. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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5 August 1909 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with His Little Girl (1909). See more »

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Simple But Amusing
4 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This simple but amusing short feature is good-natured entertainment in its own right, and its theme is also of interest. In any era there are plenty of persons very much like the stage-struck central character, so this humorous but gentle look at her efforts ring true at any time.

Both of the two leads play their characters well, especially the woman (apparently Lottie Briscoe) who plays the title character. She gives a slightly exaggerated performance that makes her character a figure of fun, yet at the same time one whom you would care about. Her long-suffering husband is a more exaggerated character, yet the actor portraying him also shows some good timing, especially in the later scenes when the husband is following his starry-eyed spouse.

"She Would Be An Actress" captures, in an elementary yet pleasant story, the nature of those persons who long to be stars. It pokes gentle fun at such ambitious persons, while also making them seem quite human.


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