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Cast overview:
May Irwin ...
Mrs. Black
Charles Lane ...
Professor Newton Black
Clara Blandick ...
Emily Mason
Wellington A. Playter ...
Tom Larkey
Jack Dangerfield
James Hester ...
Major Thorne
Cyril Chadwick ...
Bramley Bush
Marie Pavis ...
Priscilla Black
Howard Missimer ...


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Release Date:

30 November 1914 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Broadway premiere of the play 'Mrs. Black Is Back' opened at the Bijou Theatre in New York on November 7, 1904, and ran for 79 performances. May Irwin played the titular role and reprized her role in this film. Charles Lane, who appeared in the production as Tom Larkey, plays a different role here. Frances Gordon (as Priscilla Black), Vera Rial (as Sarah Dale) and John G. Sparks (as Larry McManus) also appeared in the stage production. See more »

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Mrs. Black Is Back (1914) - Lost Silent ?
10 September 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The very gullible Professor Newton Black ( Charles Lane ) is led to believe that his new wife, a former widow, is the twenty-nine-year-old mother of a small boy. In reality, the corpulent Mrs. Black ( May Irwin ) is forty, and her grown son Jack ( Elmer Booth ) is a ne'er-do-well. Mrs. Black's life is further complicated by the financial demands of Tom Larkey ( Wellington A. Playter ), her physical fitness instructor, under whose tutelage she attempted to lose weight but instead gained ten pounds. Her pretense is nearly shattered by the arrival of Jack, for whom Professor Black has purchased a large variety of toys, and his creditor. Still hoping to delude her husband, Mrs. Black dresses Jack in feminine attire, blackens his face, and installs him as her cook. In this guise, Jack encounters his sweetheart, Priscilla Black ( Marie Pavis ), the professor's daughter by a previous marriage. After confessing to her husband, Mrs. Black drives away, only to be involved in an automobile accident. She then returns to her husband and son who both assure her of their love.

This 1914 silent comedy was adapted from the play Mrs. Black is Back by George V. Hobart, produced by the Famous Players Film Company and presented by Daniel Frohman. It starred May Irwin, Charles Lane, Clara Blandick, Wellington A. Playter and Elmer Booth, with the production exteriors being shot on-location at May Irwin's summer home in Clayton, New York, on her request. The survival status of this film is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent. Hopefully a copy does survive for a proper review.

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