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Her Crowning Glory (1911)

Unrated | | Comedy, Short | 12 September 1911 (USA)
A widower becomes infatuated with his daughter's governess, to the displeasure of the child and her nurse.

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Mortimer Bunny
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Helen, the Child
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Amelia, Mortimer's Sister
Mae Costello ...
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The Maid
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Helen, the daughter of Mr. Bunny, a wealthy widower is a mischievous child, as well as a spoiled one. She comprises the whole family and makes her father her willing and happy slave. Mr. Bunny decides to engage a governess Helen, and for her advent is the signal for rebellion on the part of the child, who does not hesitate to show it by slapping and striking the governess whenever she gets the chance. Mr. Bunny is smitten with the governess, who possesses a luxuriant head of hair and a face that is a shame to speak of. He seems to be fascinated by them and finally asks her to become his wife. Little Helen observes her father's attentions to the governess. Helen's nurse does not think any more of Mr. Bunny's choice than little Helen. "She puts Helen up to clip the radiant locks of the governess sleeping in the chair by the window where she is drying her hair after giving it a shampoo. Helen does the job with neatness and dispatch. When the governess is awakened by a kiss from Mr. Bunny... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. This version has a piano music score and runs 14 minutes. Only 4 of John Bunny's 162 films are known to have survived. See more »

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Three hearty cheers for Bunny
12 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

Before people start saying "pretty good for 1911" I wish they would pause to think a little. The average output of films in any year is fairly dire (look sometime at the record for 2016, remembering to include "television" in your survey) and the cinema can only be judged reasonably on the best that is made. 1911 was the year Asta Nielsen appeared in The Black Dream and The Ballet Dancer, the year Milano produced L'Inferno and the Odyssey, the year that Perret made L'automne du coeur, the year Griffith made The Last Drop of Water, A Child of the Ghetto and Enoch Arden, the year in which Thomas Ince made The Lieutenant's Last Fight, the year in which Vitagraph produced The Tale of Two Cities and Selig produced The Maid at the Helm. On a lighter note, it was the year in which unjustly forgotten comedienne Sarah Duhamel starred in Le Torchon brûlé (once seen, never forgotten, the last word in marital disputes)and in which animator Walter R. Booth made The Automatic Motorist. So there was nothing much wrong with 1911. In fact, with medium-length and feature-length films starting to take off in a big way, it was a rather exciting year for cinema.

Would that 2016 was as interesting! After the "Bunnyfinches", they are unexciting but happily we now have a fair few of them to watch (largely thanks to the Dutch archivists) and, they bear witness to the naturalistic style that Vitagraph developed in these years and which was much admired in Europe (especially in France Italy and Russia, where naturalism was most influential. The composition (as always in the "Bunnyfinches") is excellent, the fluid use of the screen-space and the depth of shot is admirable and the acting impeccable. The Bunnyfinches were not the most exciting thing that was happening in 1911, but they were comfortable, smile-making situation comedy (here a shade cruel) at its best. The equivalent, you might say, of quality television today. I have no difficulty at all in understanding why the films were so popular and Bunny so highly regarded. One can only regret that in the years after Bunny's death, such comedy (Mr and Mrs Drew apart)was so effectively drowned out by the cacophony of gormless slapstick.


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