The story concerns Bill Dunham, a droll cow-puncher, who finds that home without a wife may have its advantages, "but durned few," and a good woman who can sew on buttons and make flapjacks... See full summary »
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A Texas Ranger / The 'Bride'
Joseph Smith ...
Bill Dunham
Fred Church
Earl Howell
Fred Ilenstine ...
Preacher
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The story concerns Bill Dunham, a droll cow-puncher, who finds that home without a wife may have its advantages, "but durned few," and a good woman who can sew on buttons and make flapjacks is worth more than much silver and gold and the liberties of single blessedness. Opportunity knocks at Bill's door. Indeed, it comes in the form, almost, of a veritable slap in the face, a flagrant dare, an invitation as a guest of honor at Dame Opportunity's table, and it comes at the psychological moment when Bill is struggling with a shirt that needs mending and in the form of an advertisement in the "Mustang Bugle" to the effect that "a lone spinster, with a large fortune, who can cook and sew, desires a husband." So Bill writes a letter to the spinster stating that he will be her tootsum henceforth and forever more, with instructions how to reach the village of Mustang. Bill's secret, however, becomes public property when the boys, his pals, follow him to the mail box and get the letter. It is... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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9 April 1910 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy A Family Quarrel (1910). See more »

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The proper thing after all
22 April 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A delicious bit of humor, with the acting so natural that it actually seems as though Bill was really frightened when he sees the spinster which the boys have rigged up for him and undertake to foist upon him through the offices of a bogus clergyman. When Bill runs they all run after him and the ceremony is performed regardless of his protestations. After they have all left, however, he discovers the deception and realizes that perhaps his friends have saved him from a cruel fate. At any rate he is cured of the loving habit and determines that single blessedness is quite the proper thing after all. - The Moving Picture World, April 23, 1910


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