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The Politician's Dream (1911)

A father hires a nanny for his young daughter, who turns out to be an ugly old spinster. The problem is that the nanny has long, beautiful hair, to which the father finds himself strangely attracted.






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Simon Stubbs
Widow Merritt


Simon Stubbs, who is in love with Widow Merritt, thinks he is a great politician, and arguing on the imminent elections in New York with his friend Binks, gets so angry on account of his disagreement, that he orders him from the house. After his departure he falls asleep and dreams that he is called upon by a deputation for the nomination of Mayor of New York. Mrs. Merritt pleads with him to stay, but he says that duty calls him. Then we see him going through the various phases of the campaign. He has good and troublesome times. At last he is elected by an enormous majority. Just then he receives a telegram saying that the Widow Merritt is going to marry Binks. He cannot stand it, and rushes to the train, only to reach his native town after the knot has been tied. He upbraids Mrs. Merritt, but is subsequently felled by a blow from Binks. Then he wakes up, and after taking a good drink, resolves to leave politics alone and marry Mrs. Merritt. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Comedy | Short





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27 November 1911 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Politikerens Drøm  »

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1.33 : 1
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The work of Mr. Bunny in this production is perfection
21 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

A notable film and a notable comedy is this hilarious undertaking. It is seldom we look at a comedy that involves a cast of 800 people. Of course, it is true that some of the cast were unconsciously working for the Vitagraph; they form the innocent bystanders in the large political parade that is part of this picture. The entire Vitagraph corps was in action here, not only the regular actors, but all the mechanics, scene painters, property men, wardrobe people, cooks, waiters, watchmen and all, form a part of the great parade that marches in endorsement of Simon Stubbs (John Bunny) for Mayor of New York. There were several hundred extra people engaged for the procession, numerous carriages and a fife and drum corps to lead it. This street parade is one of the best pieces of production work that it has been our pleasure to witness. Simon Stubbs was a country politician who had his own theories concerning civic government. He disagreed with everybody on matters of state, with the exception of a certain widow lady with whom he a.greed on any topic for reasons that lodged around his heart more than they did in his head. The work of Mr. Bunny in this production is perfection. Nobody could ask or expect anything better from that sterling comedian, or anyone else. He is rapidly becoming the most famous comedian the world has ever known, and if the Vitagraph people continue to provide him with vehicles of this sort his fame will know no bounds. "The Politician's Dream" is a very simple story. It is based upon a mere thread; that of a country politician who falls asleep and dreams that he is sent for to come to the Metropolis from a little country town and become Mayor of New York. It would take some such man as Charles Dickens to properly describe the personality of Mr. Bunny and it is needless to describe it to those who are familiar with his work in moving pictures. But in "The Politician's Dream" he is seen at his best in the role of a country politician, taking himself seriously and being taken seriously by others. According to the dream, a committee from New York calls upon Simon at his simple country domicile and there tender to him marks of appreciation of his great perspicacity and political acumen. Having delivered these sentiments they then deliver a set of resolutions inviting him to come to New York City and accept the office of Mayor. Simon responds in a becoming manner and makes his departure from the village in true presidential style. In the city he is acclaimed on all sides and becomes the man of the hour. The way in which Simon deports himself, and the dignity with which he endeavors to carry his new- found honor, is an exquisite bit of pantomime that will stand the test of time. The great parade is held in his honor and Simon is elected mayor by the most overwhelming majority ever known. But meanwhile, back in his country home, a venomous serpent has crept into his garden of bliss. His hated rival, Mr. Binks (W'm. Shea), has made great inroads into the affections of the Widow Merritt (Miss Flora Finch). To what purpose then are empty honors? What profiteth a man though he he elected Mayor of New York if he lose his own soulmate? Learning the sad news. Simon puts glory behind him and hastens back to the village to intercept the approaching wedding. Arriving there, he finds himself too late and is thumped brutally upon his voluptuous nose by the destroyer of his bliss. This thump upon his well-upholstered proboscis b.rings about the awakening of Simon Stubbs and in his awakening he perceives the futility of empty honors as compared with the joy of having for a helpmate such a woman as the Widow Merritt. A simple plot but strongly done and all the stronger for its simplicity. - The Moving Picture World, November 25, 1911

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