Jinks is a cobbler in a boot shop who doesn't much like his craft. His overbearing, nagging wife just adds to his misery. When an army officer comes in to have his uniform cleaned, Jinks ... See full summary »

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Jinks is a cobbler in a boot shop who doesn't much like his craft. His overbearing, nagging wife just adds to his misery. When an army officer comes in to have his uniform cleaned, Jinks takes a wild chance to get away by wearing the outfit. But he's seen by other soldiers and is swept into the general's office and given a reward for some battlefield heroics. He's soon found out and arrested. Written by WesternOne

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25 December 1916 (USA)  »

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Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines
31 August 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Frank Daniels spent a long and successful career on the stage in light opera, including several written for him by Victor Herbert. He retired about 1912, but went before the cameras in 1915 for Vitagraph in vehicles that let him use a lot of stage business.

His second series was the "Captain Jinks" series. Its titles were inspired by the old music hall song "Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines". The plot of this one, about a cobbler who uses a uniform to steal money, was based on real-lie swindler Friedrich Voigt, and was also the inspiration of at least two other movies under the name "The Captain from Köpenick".

Om this one, Daniels is given a captain's uniform to fix. On a lark he puts it on, and is quickly taken to be the uniform's rightful wearer; after all, a uniform is the only difference between a poor man and a gentleman.

Mr. Daniels' stage business is very much in evidence and it is apparent how this would have charmed a contemporary audience. His style of acting is, t a modern audience, very old fashioned, and so may not be to your taste. I enjoyed it.


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