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They Would Elope (1909)

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Two lovers elope and expect to be pursued by her father. But the clever father has tricked them into running off, and celebrates their wedding when they return home.


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Credited cast:
Billy Quirk ...
James Kirkwood ...
The Father
Kate Bruce ...
The Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William J. Butler ...
In Group
John R. Cumpson ...
In Group
Gladys Egan ...
In Group
At Stable
Arthur V. Johnson ...
The Preacher
In Car
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
The Butler
Gertrude Robinson ...
In Group
Man with Wheelbarrow
Harry Solter ...
At Stable
Henry B. Walthall ...
In Group


Love has ever laughed at locksmiths, but on this particular occasion the laugh is on Cupid, for that chubby archer certainly miscalculated in arranging the programme of the romance of Harry and Bessie. Harry and Bessie loved each other with all the impetuosity of youth and during one of the many occasions when they pledge undying affection, are surprised by Papa, who, in the spirit of jest, pretends to be highly enraged at their presumption, apparently treating them as mere kids. Papa out of the way, they resent being treated as children and plan to elope. Leaving a note to this effect, they decamp, and engaged the services of a horse and carriage which appears to be an 1850 model, to put them beyond apprehension until the knot is tied, but the pursuers cometh not. They haven't gone far when the vehicle breaks down, and in a panic they scamper along the road until they meet an automobile, and as all the world loves a lover, they easily enlist the chauffeur's aid, but the pursuers ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy





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9 August 1909 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy Mr. Jones' Burglar (1909). See more »

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Recent viewing at San Francisco Silent Film Festival
12 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

San Francisco's 14th annual Silent Film Festival premiered the recently restored "Bardelys the Magnicifient" with the adjoining short, "They Would Elope" which was celebrating its own hundredth anniversary. The short was in EXCELLENT condition though reminded one of the days of the "flickers" due to its nature of jumping from scene to scene in a bumpy fashion. Plotwise, was very simple and follows what the title says, and most of the acting was amateurish except for Mary Pickford. She came across lovely and charming and looked as if she was actually enjoying herself whilst performing. However, Miss Pickford also came across understanding the essence of her character, so this made her character's motivations and actions completely believable.

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