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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The Governess
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Helen, the Child
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Amelia, Mortimer's Sister
Mae Costello ...
The Nurse
Edith Halleran ...
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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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Very Sharp-Edged, But Generally Entertaining
24 August 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This very sharp-edged short comedy is generally entertaining, at least as long as you don't take it too seriously. It's not very kind to any of the characters, with practically all of them being portrayed as either willful, calculating, oblivious, or worse. Their attempts to out-maneuver each other are clever at times, and would be even funnier if they were not quite so unkind.

John Bunny stars as a widower whose very spirited young daughter sets off a rivalry between her nurse and her governess. Bunny actually is the straight man for much of the movie, with the female characters driving most of the action. Bunny does get some good moments with the daughter, but otherwise he does not get many chances to use his range of comic talents.

Flora Finch, Bunny's frequent co-star, plays the strict governess, and she efficiently establishes her character right away. Helene Costello makes the child lively and suitably impish. Mae Costello, probably the least-remembered performer from the well-known acting family, might actually give the best performance of anyone in the movie. As the child's nurse, she is just as devious as (or more so than) any of other characters, but her manner makes you want her to be the one who succeeds.

So few of Bunny's movies have been preserved that the chance to see any of them is welcome. This one, though, does not really give him a chance to show all that he could do. It does work all right as light entertainment.


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