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It is sometimes decidedly difficult to get a little privacy on shipboard. Several times Jack Hardy almost reaches the proposal point with Marion Van Sickles, but each time the fates are against him. Marion and her mother are on their way home from a vacation in Europe and board the boat at Liverpool at the same time as Jack, who is very much struck by Marion's appearance. After a little flirtation on the boat, he believes that his feelings are returned and is about to propose. Just then mama comes along with Count Brainlesse, whom she wishes to marry Marion. The proposal is postponed. Again and again Jack tries to come to the point, being constantly interrupted by someone, either the count or mama, or the grouchy owner of the deck chair he has taken. First the grouch, then mama, and then the count, get sea-sick and at last Jack has Marion alone. Alas, the time has not yet come. Jack himself is suddenly seized with sickness and has to rush away just as the words tremble on his lips. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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20 June 1913 (USA)  »

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Is This the Only Girl on the Cruise?
3 September 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Maurice Costello wants a few minutes alone with Clara Kimball Young so he can propose marriage to her, but they never get a moment alone. He mother keeps bringing along young men, or older ones wander up to her, only to fall asleep or race away to lean over the leeward rail in this Vitagraph comedy.

It's an amusing situation with some nice variety in the would-be suitors, including Clara's real life husband, James Young, as "Count Brainless". Another plus for this short film is the fact that, once the situation is set up, the incidents proceed in a purely visual fashion. This one only has a couple of titles. Happily, the acting is broad enough for comedy, but not so broad as to be annoying.

If you wish to see this funny little comedy, a good copy has been posted on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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