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The Nichols on Vacation (1910)

A philandering husband arranges an ill-planned rendezvous at the same restaurant his wife and daughter are dining at.

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Mrs. Nichols
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No matter how happy a married man claims to be, every other married man smiles if he boasts of personal freedom. Old man Nichols is a mere married man, that's all; but he's the whole family in himself, and this by virtue of his wife's fine disposition. When she discharges the maid poor Nichols is forced to substitute, and his life would probably be miserable to the grave, if he did not at one time make a sudden resolve to get some fun out of his existence. Well, he gets it good and plenty. Using the old reliable excuse about being called away on business, he makes a date with a lady at a restaurant, but the dear girl, like all women, is late. He waits and waits, but it is like waiting for either head or tail of Halley's Comet, and he goes to the handy 'phone. While there his wife and daughter enter for a little gastronomic pleasure, and brother, Nichols does a stunt much unto the proverbial streak of greased lightning. To complicate matters still more, his lady friend arrives after he... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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30 May 1910 (USA)  »

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An excellent antidote for a fit of the blues
17 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Here is a comical mixup that is an excellent antidote for a fit of the blues. Nichols has an affinity, but when he made a date with her at a restaurant he did not anticipate the arrival of his wife and daughter at the same restaurant. It is probably quite needless to remark that Nichols left little more than a suggestion of corporeal existence so extremely rapid were his movements. Of course the affinity did her share of waiting, without knowing the two ladies regaling themselves beyond. Now enter the young man engaged to Miss Nichols, without knowing of her presence, and proceeds to flirt desperately with the affinity. The picture doesn't show just what happened to him, but one may be permitted to infer that he receive some extremely vigorous lessons. One must be indeed fastidious to want anything worse mixed than that. It is hard to say who deserves the most sympathy, Nichols or the affinity. - The Moving Picture World, June 18, 1910


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