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How Men Propose (1913)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  20 July 1913 (USA)
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Each of three room-mates proposes to the same woman.


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Uncredited cast:
Chester Barnett ...
Proposer (uncredited)
Grace Darling ...
Grace Darling (uncredited)
Phillips Smalley ...
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The Maid (uncredited) (unconfirmed)


Three men in succession propose marriage to Grace Darling; she accepts all! Since they are roommates, the three discover their problem in short order; when they return for an explanation, they're in for a surprise. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Modern sources erroneously credit Margarita Fischer with this film, based on an incorrect visual identification. There are no player credits on the incomplete surviving material. Miss Fischer does not appear in this film. The leading role, that of "Grace Darling" is played by the Crystal contract actress of the same name, i.e. Grace Darling. See more »

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cute short film, the general idea of which is still being used today
17 May 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

According to the liner notes to the Origins of Film box set, in which this is included, this is thought to have been directed by Lois Weber, but it is not certain.

Three men meet together before they go out to propose to their sweethearts. One departs, proposes, and his fiancé takes the ring and takes a photo of herself out of a frame to give to him. After he leaves, she replaces the photo with a new one. The next man leaves to propose, and as it turns out, it's to the same woman. The same happens, and she signs a "2" with her fingers, perhaps as an aside to the audience? While the third man proposes, the other two men have met back where they started and discovered the photos to be identical. When the third man gets back and learns they've all proposed to the same woman he begins to faint, being caught by the others.

They go to the woman's home together, but she has departed and left identical notes that she was doing an article on "How Men Propose" for a magazine, and that they're welcome to keep her photo (it seems she will keep the rings?).

It's a cute little short, and it's interesting that this sort of movie is still around today; for example, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), in which a woman is writing an article sharing the movie's title for a magazine.

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