With a "dome" of solid ivory, Joe Price is the acme of absent-mindedness. His mother tells him he must get a job. She sees an advertisement in the paper for a valet, goes with him to make ... See full summary »

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With a "dome" of solid ivory, Joe Price is the acme of absent-mindedness. His mother tells him he must get a job. She sees an advertisement in the paper for a valet, goes with him to make an application for the position. He is employed by Mr. Fussly, who has no end of trouble with him. When he leaves for a summer resort, he forgets the keys to the trunk, mislays the railroad tickets, and mails the trunk checks instead of some letters entrusted to him, and when he discovers the mistake, he tries to extricate them from the box and is arrested for robbing the mail. Mr. Fussly is obliged to secure his release. To cap the climax, he lets the water overflow the bathtub, when preparing a bath for his employer. Mr. Fussly is aroused to such fury he grabs the valet and throws him bodily into the steaming tub of water, sousing him repeatedly into it whenever he attempts to get out. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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valet | one reeler | See All (2) »

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2 December 1912 (USA)  »

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It would have been very amusing had it been played more spontaneously
6 April 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

John Daly Murphy wrote the scenario for this comedy, which is fresh and would have been very amusing had it been played more spontaneously. The valet has a clown's part, and while Hughie Mack, who plays it, had the proper physical build for the part, his clown work lacks the subtle fun suggestion so necessary and so pleasing when well done. Frederick Thomson, the director, has handled the picture well and made it fairly effective; it brought out a number of laughs. Mrs. Kate Price plays the valet's long suffering mother. It is she who gets him the job. Harry T. Morey plays the employer and does very well. - The Moving Picture World, December 14, 1912


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