Clubman Sidney Drew sees a pretty young nurse tending to an accident victim on the street and falls in love -- it's a short subject, so they had to work fast. Not, fast enough, though, for before he can declare his love, she is accompanying her patient to the hospital. Desperate to meet her, Sidney decides to throw a fit and be admitted to the hospital, where he hopes to be assigned her.
It's a charming comedy of coincidences and typical of the Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Drew comedies. He was the uncle of the now more famous John, Lionel and Ethel Barrymore (or perhaps half-uncle, since grandfather Drew seems to have been touring on the road a lot in the year before Sidney's birth). While most people think of silent comedy as pure slapstick, there were a considerable number of situational comedies, and the Drews excelled at them, thanks in no small part to scripts by Mrs. Drew that mocked the foibles of the upper classes and Mr. Drew's fine stage business.
Not many survive and of those that do, many are in poor shape. This one is available, and you can see it on Ben Model's latest DVD of short subjects that have turned up in private collections, ACCIDENTALLY PRESERVED 3.
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