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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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Uncredited cast:
Linda Arvidson ...
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John R. Cumpson ...
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Flora Finch ...
Woman with Largest Hat (uncredited)
George Gebhardt ...
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Anita Hendrie ...
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Charles Inslee ...
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Arthur V. Johnson ...
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Gertrude Robinson ...
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Man in Checkered Jacket and Top Hat (uncredited)
Dorothy West ...
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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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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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Short Message - And To The Point
30 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wonder if this was a major problem a long time ago. I'll bet it was. I am referring to the subject matter of this early and very short D.W. Griffith film: rude people wearing big hats to the theater and blocking the view of those in back of them.

Considering that people have probably been inconsiderate for as long as humans have inhabited the planet, this might have been a problem. Since people haven't word big hats in a generation or two, a lot of people don't remember "big hat days." Whatever, it makes for an amusing little film with a unique suggestion to dealing with the problem! If people were slow to get the message, the director put in print at the end.

The special-effects aren't exactly state-of-the-art for today's audiences but I bet they shocked the film-goers 99 years ago, when this was seen.


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