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A Lesson in Jealousy (1913)

He cannot make out what ails his pretty young wife, Mabel. She won't eat, won't be amused, won't do anything but sigh. Henry is uneasy about her. He writes to her Uncle John to come and ... See full summary »

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He cannot make out what ails his pretty young wife, Mabel. She won't eat, won't be amused, won't do anything but sigh. Henry is uneasy about her. He writes to her Uncle John to come and help him discover the reason for his wife's discontent. Uncle John arrives and tells Henry he will find what the matter is. Henry hides behind the screen as Mabel enters and greets John affectionately. John tries to make her tell why she is unhappy. She finally discloses the reason, saying, "Henry isn't jealous." Henry nearly knocks the screen over, and it is only with difficulty that Uncle John keeps a straight face. John makes Mabel get him her husband's old soldier suit and dresses up in it, He says he has a plan to make Henry jealous, but it is to teach, not Henry, but Mabel, a lesson in jealousy. Henry pretends that he is furious when he sees from the street his wife sitting in the window with a soldier. He demands, when he enters the house, to know where the soldier is, Mabel will not answer. He ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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5 December 1913 (USA)  »

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The Inevitable Comic Result
10 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Clara Kimball Young loves her husband, Sidney Drew. she also likes to flirt with other men and delights in the transports of jealousy it drives him to. So, Drew conspires with his cousin Harry Morey and the other officers of his regiment to teach her a lesson in this very funny Vitagraph short.

Drew, the uncle of the more famous John, Lionel and Ethel Barrymore, was very adept at domestic comedies. In a couple of years he would team with his second wife for a series of them that would be enormously popular. In no small part, this was because of Drew's wonderful stage business. Observe in this one, his frequent asides to the audience and the manner in which he -- and Mrs. Young -- pocket Morey's cigarette case and handkerchiefs.

If you wish to enjoy this comedy, a good print of it can be found on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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