Effecting a Cure (1910)
Mr. Wilkens gets drunk at his club one night and has to rely on the other clubmen to carry him home. In order to cure his drinking, Mrs. Wilkens and the clubmen conspire to play a trick on him. They enlist the aid of a young lady who writes to Mr. Wilkens accepting his marriage proposal of the night before. Mr. Wilkens tries frantically to keep his wife from finding out what he supposedly did.- Written by Anonymous
Mrs. Wilkins and her mother leave home to spend the night with friends, and will return some time next day. Wilkins ejaculates the time-honored "Hurrah! Hurrah!" for he is afforded an opportunity of going to the Club, indulging freely, and returning home at any old time with possibly a heavy head, but a fearless heart, as there will be no feminine voice calling into the outer darkness, "So there you are, you drunken brute." No need to climb stairs shoeless, no danger of bumping against furniture in black dark rooms. No, his entrance shall be made in a blaze of light. Well, all transpired as he anticipated. After the session at the club, during which ardent devoirs were paid to Great King Gambrinus. Wilkins is escorted home by a cabby. Sinking into a Morris chair, he falls to sleep in a jiffy. In this condition wifey and mother find him. Do they cry out and attempt to arouse him? Not much. Wifey and mamma are wise ones, so with the aid of the friends of hubby they devise a plan to cure him of his drinking. To this end they invent "the other woman," pressing into service a lady friend, who writes a note to Wilkins accepting an offer of marriage which she pretends he made her while in his cups. Of course, he is in no condition to remember where he was or what he did the night before, in truth, he wasn't outside his club. The lady also accepts an invitation she pretends he extended to take luncheon with him at two o'clock at his house. The reception of this note affects him like a dynamite bomb. Rushing to the club he asks his chums, who are of course in on the scheme, "Did I?" They reply. "You certainly did." Even the girl, whom he also seeks out keeps up her end of the trick and expresses her unalterable intention of coming to luncheon. Rushing back to the club, he exclaims, "Good heavens! I must get my wife out by two o'clock." A friend offers him two tickets for the matinee. "Ah, the very thing." He breathes easier when wifey and mother consent to go, but, curse the luck, just as they are about to get ready in come two visiting friends. "Great Scott! I must have two more." These are procured after a mad race to and from the club. All the while the hands of the clock are pushing tantalizingly towards 2 P.M. The worst comes when the visitors decline to attend the matinee, so there promises to be a warm luncheon that afternoon at the Wilkin's domicile. Two o'clock arrives, and with it the luncheon party. Wifey meets "the other woman" with pretended injured dignity. Well, the result is that Wilkins is thoroughly in earnest when he exclaims "Never again!"- Written by Moving Picture World synopsis
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