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The Winking Parson (1912)

The Rev. Anthony Gay is appointed to the pulpit of a church at Newtonville. Unfortunately, he suffers from a nervous affliction of the muscles of the right eye, causing an involuntary wink.... See full summary »

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William Wadsworth ...
Rev. Anthony Gay - the Winking Parson
Alice Washburn ...
A Spinster Parishioner
Margery Bonney Erskine ...
A Widow Parishioner (as Mrs. Wallace Erskine)
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The Doctor
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The Deacon
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The Boy
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The Parson's Maid
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The Rev. Anthony Gay is appointed to the pulpit of a church at Newtonville. Unfortunately, he suffers from a nervous affliction of the muscles of the right eye, causing an involuntary wink. Upon his arrival in Newtonville he is introduced to his new flock by the deacon, each individual interpreting the wink differently. Some are shocked, others pleased, girls giggle and two old women matrimonially inclined, take him seriously. One, an old spinster, the other a widow, are both under the impression that the parson is making advances to them. They quickly respond to his winks, overwhelm him with attention and become insanely jealous of each other, which nearly results in a hair-pulling match. Finally it gets too hot for the parson, who realizes he is misunderstood all around and there is but one thing to do and do quickly, resign. His "getaway" is discovered by the two females, who pursue him to the depot. He succeeds in eluding them by grasping the platform of the last coach just as the... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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4 December 1912 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the documentary The Latest Addition to the U.S. Navy (1912). See more »

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