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Blinks and Jinks, Attorneys at Law (1912)

While trying to pass each other on a narrow country road, a banker's automobile and a farmer's wagon collide. In the mix-up the farmer's rear wheel is wrenched off. The automobilist offers ... See full summary »

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While trying to pass each other on a narrow country road, a banker's automobile and a farmer's wagon collide. In the mix-up the farmer's rear wheel is wrenched off. The automobilist offers to settle the damages for twenty dollars, but the farmer promptly refuses, demanding sixty dollars. The stubbornness of both men leaves the matter unsettled. A few days later the farmer goes to the village to seek legal aid in recovering damages. Blinks, a shyster lawyer, advises him to bring suit for sixty dollars, which he does. The automobilist is duly summoned to appear in court and he, too, engages a lawyer by the name of Jinks, also a shyster. Lawyers Blinks and Jinks, by the way, have adjoining offices and are in collusion. On the day set for the trial no little amusement is caused in the court-room by the attitude of Blinks and Jinks, who in behalf of their respective clients attack one another in a most ferocious manner. The case is finally decided in favor of the plaintiff and the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A bit of life caught up out of some rural county seat when court is in session
12 November 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Yale Benner and Walter Edwin give us, in this picture, two astute and not very scrupulous attorneys with offices adjoining and a door between. Each obtains one side of a certain small case. Their clients never notice this door between; but while the case is on trial, they notice with much satisfaction, the bitter hostility of their attorneys. The fun of this cleverly conceived and well-made comedy comes largely from the fact that we, the spectators, do notice the door between the two offices, we also see the trial and also see how the lawyers behave when their clients are not present. It is first-class entertainment and seems, in its very interesting settings, a bit of life caught up out of some rural county seat when court is in session. The case is Rufus Hanks, a farmer (Wm. West), vs. Cyril Brown (Robert Brower), whose automobile has caused an upset. Charles Ogle is judge and Bigelow Cooper is the clerk of the court. - The Moving Picture World, May 18, 1912


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