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A Cure for Pokeritis (1912)

Wife plots to cure her husband of his inveterate poker playing.

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Mrs. Sharpe keeps her eye on Bunny. His friend Bigelow invites him to join him in a session with the cards and chips, and tells him that he will fix it up with Mrs. Sharpe. He sends Bunny a notice telling him he has been elected a member of the Sons of the Morning, who meet every Wednesday evening. Sharpe tells his wife that this is a distinction he did not expect and so impresses her with the honor that has been conferred upon him, that she consents to his going to the meetings. Unfortunately, Bunny talks in his sleep, and his better-half overhears him "passing and drawing," and going "some better" in his dreams. She becomes suspicious, appeals to her cousin, Freddie Dewdrop, who promises to find out where her husband spends his evenings. Disguising himself by changing his trousers and turning up the front of his hat, he follows Bunny, and learns the truth. Freddy and Mrs. Sharpe work up a plot to scare Bunny. They divulge the scheme to all the wives. Freddy consults the members of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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23 February 1912 (USA)  »

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Лекарство от покера  »

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A Bit of Dated Humor
24 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wife (Finch) plots to cure her husband (Bunny) of his inveterate poker playing.

"A Cure for Pokeritis" was one of many Vitagraph Studios one-reel or shorter comedies starring Bunny and Finch in a domestic setting, known popularly as Bunnygraphs or Bunnyfinches. The number of these shorts originally produced is unknown because Vitagraph's films were generally not archived. Estimates vary considerably; totals in excess of 150, 200, or 260 have been proposed. Most are now lost.

While I appreciate this early attempt at husband-wife humor, and apparently it also was an early attempt to escape "theater framing"... it is rather dated. What was funny in 1912 is not always funny 100 years later. This is not the fault of the film, but turns it into more of a historical document than a comedy.


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