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Those Awful Hats (1909)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 25 January 1909 (USA)
Set in an early cinema house, this comic short illustrates the problems with the gals' hats obscuring the movie patron's line of vision.

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A gentleman with a top hat, and a series of women with ever more ludicrous hats enter a movie theatre. They refuse to remove them, until a giant bucket forcibly removes one hat. All but one woman then remove their hats, and the bucket returns to remove the woman. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Comedy | Short

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Not Rated
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25 January 1909 (USA)  »

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Those Darn Hats  »

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Is thought to be one of the very first, if not the first, theatrical public service announcements. Ladies were told to remove their hats in the cinema or the nickelodeons, or face expulsion. Today we have announcements about noise, babies, cell phones, etc. that are in the same vein. See more »

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The best thing Griffith ever did!!! He should have stuck to 3-minute movies!
12 August 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While I have enjoyed some of D. W. Griffith's full-length films, he did have a tendency to drag some of these movies out way too long as well as over-dramatize them from time to time. It's because of this that this short film is so unique! At only three minutes, it's a short and tidy little tale constructed in order to combat the growing size and complexity of women's hats in 1909. While the print from Kino Films was a bit poor in places, the movie was still worth seeing and quite entertaining. Many ladies crowd the tiny theater and the men are beside themselves trying to see the movie with all the huge hats. And, since the ladies WON'T take them off, someone at the theater has created a VERY unique way to combat the problem! See this film--it's funny and only takes up three minutes in your busy lifestyle!


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