An old farmer and his wife are sitting at the table. He is reading a paper in which an advertisement meets his gaze. He shows it to his wife and they at once decide to purchase the farm ... See full summary »

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An old farmer and his wife are sitting at the table. He is reading a paper in which an advertisement meets his gaze. He shows it to his wife and they at once decide to purchase the farm described. They get ready and at once leave for the agents. At about the same time two prospectors examine the farm, find indications of rich ore, congratulate themselves upon their discovery and start immediately for the agents to secure the property. The farmer, however, reaches there first, pays over his money, gets the necessary documents and is ready to leave when the speculators enter. They are disappointed in not being able to secure the property, offer to buy the farm at a substantial increase but are refused. A week later the two men make the farmer a visit, offer him a large amount for the property and are again refused. Coming outside, they plan to scare the old man into disposing of the farm. That night, when the old couple have retired, the two men rig themselves up as ghosts, tap on the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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12 June 1909 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with A Maker of Diamonds (1909). See more »

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Holds the attention of the audience throughout
21 October 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A Vitagraph film which tells a novel story in an interesting way and holds the attention of the audience throughout. To drive away the occupants of a farm by constructing a series of ghosts is certainly novel enough to be interesting, and where the acting has the snap and go which is put into the work by the Vitagraph players it is all the better. And too much praise cannot be bestowed upon the determination of the farmer to trap the ghosts because he discovered their footprints. The kicking the pseudo-ghost received after he was released from the trap will probably be a vigorous memory to his dying day. It is such comedies as this which relieve the monotony of that long list of gloomy subjects by foreign manufacturers and cause one to believe that there is something really funny in the world. - The Moving Picture World, June 26, 1909


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