Born with that tired feeling, John Spink is a lazy, ne'er-do-well. His poor wife is obliged to take in washing. The harder she works, the thinner she gets, and the fatter and more useless ... See full summary »

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Born with that tired feeling, John Spink is a lazy, ne'er-do-well. His poor wife is obliged to take in washing. The harder she works, the thinner she gets, and the fatter and more useless he grows. She reasons and argues with him, but to no purpose, until driven to desperation, she gives him a rope and tells him to go hang himself. With an air of injured innocence, he goes to a near-by grove, and while making preparations to adjust the rope, he is seen by one of his neighbors who hastens to tell John's wife that she will soon be a widow. On his way, he imparts the news to others, and they all go to carry the news to Mrs. Spink. She hastily quits washing and with all speed goes to the rescue of her "poor, dear husband." Spink, in fastening the rope to a limb on the tree, is struck with the idea of what a fine swing he could arrange for himself, and in a very short time has both ends of the rope fastened to the bough. Dropping to the ground, he places a board in the swing, and is soon ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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6 September 1912 (USA)  »

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Bunny Commits Suicide  »

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy She Wanted a Boarder (1912). See more »

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Hanging With Mr. Bunny
20 October 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A rustic out in the wilds of Brooklyn comes across John Bunny with a rope, preparing to hang himself. Instead of trying to stop him, he rushes back to town so that everyone can come and witness this event in this Vitagraph split reel comedy.

This movie is actually an amusing minor variation on an early Max Linder movie, LE PENDU(1906). The Picwickian Bunny (usually with the leading supporting player in this film, Flora Finch) was Vitagraph's leading comic star until his death in 1915; in an era when most studios hid their players' names lest they demand more money, Vitagraph put Bunny's name in the movie's title.

A copy of this movie has been posted to the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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