3 user

The Reformers; or, The Lost Art of Minding One's Business (1913)

On Disc

at Amazon



Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Cast overview:
Charles Hill Mailes ...
The Father
Jennie Lee ...
The Mother
The Son
The Daughter
Kate Bruce ...
The Maid
Jameson - the Lover (The Bad Influence)


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

satire | melodrama | social issues | See All (3) »


Short | Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

6 July 1913 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Reformers  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Featured in Hollywood (1980) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Very Funny
20 June 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Reformers, The; or, The Lost Art of Minding One's Business (1913)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Funny short from Biograph and Griffith about a happy family: the father (Charles Hill Mailes), the mother (Jennie Lee), the son (Robert Harron) and the daughter (Mae Marsh), which gets turned upside down after the father is asked to run for Mayor by the League of Civic Purity. This group is full of angry men and women who believe the world should be cleaned up under the rules they create. These rules include no drinking, no dancing, no Shakespeare and various other things. This is certainly another sly commentary on American life by the director and he captures some very nice humor throughout the film. There's no doubt these type of groups were around in 1913 since they are still around today and the way Griffith shows them as hypocrites is very well handled. The film certainly has a message in it and the message still holds up very well today. Both Harron and Marsh are very good in the film as is Mailes as the Mayor who lets the purity go to his head.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: