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Thirty Days at Hard Labor (1912)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  9 January 1912 (USA)
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Jack must prove himself before Beatrice's father will allow him to continue seeing his daughter.



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Cast overview:
Robert Brower ...
Mr. Langdon - Beatrice's Father
Mary Fuller ...
Beatrice Langdon
Harold M. Shaw ...
Jack Deering
William Wadsworth ...
Restaurant Proprietor


Jack and Beatrice meet and fall in love, but Beatrice's father objects, because Jack's family is wealthy, and Jack has never had to work for a living. He makes Jack sign an agreement that he will make a living with his own hands for thirty days, to prove himself, before he sees Beatrice again. Jack's first attempts at manual labor are failures, but he finally finds an unusual job at a restaurant that gives him hope of fulfilling the agreement. Written by Snow Leopard

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A Pleasant, Funny Story
15 August 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a pleasant, funny adaptation of an O. Henry story, providing good entertainment while making a simple point or two. The technique is pretty standard for its time, relying mostly on a series of fixed shots plus a little parallel editing to tell the story, but it is solid and sound in its composition and in pretty much every other respect.

The story follows the efforts of a young man to win the approval of his girlfriend's father through hard work. His futile efforts in that direction are occasionally quite funny, and the climactic sequence is both amusing and agreeably offbeat.

The story-telling is a little more straightforward than that of O. Henry, who used to save things up for the maximum effect, and thus this movie version has a little less punch to it. But it works well in its own right, as an enjoyable story that treats its characters in a light-hearted but thoughtful fashion.

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