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How a French Nobleman Got a Wife Through the 'New York Herald' Personal Columns (1904)

A French aristocrat, who has recently arrived in America, has placed a personal advertisement in the newspaper. In the ad, he invites any well-to-do young woman who is interested in ... See full summary »

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A French aristocrat, who has recently arrived in America, has placed a personal advertisement in the newspaper. In the ad, he invites any well-to-do young woman who is interested in marriage to meet him near Grant's Tomb. When he goes to the meeting place, he is quickly met by an increasingly large number of women. He soon becomes flustered and runs off. When he does so, the women decide to pursue him. Written by Snow Leopard

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Hvorledes en fransk Adelsmand fik sig en Hustru gennem en Annonce i New York Herald  »

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Fun Short from Edison
12 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

How a French Nobelman Got a Wife Through the "new York Harold' Personal Columns (1904)

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This Edison short might seem old-fashioned to today's eyes but at the time it was released it was a rather clever movie. What basically happens in a French man puts a personal add looking for a rich wife and when he shows up to Grant's Tomb not expecting much attention, he's soon shocked to see a dozen woman. He takes off running but the women begin to chase him down. This "comedy" doesn't feature any major laughs but you have to admire the film. In today's world you'd expect to see some comic timing and nice editing but this really wasn't around in 1904 so instead of any built up laughs we're instead treated to several long sequences where we see the man running and then the women following. The various places they run include across a bridge, down a cliff, through some water and various other locations. If the idea of a man running away from brides sounds familiar then that's because Buster Keaton would do this nearly two-decades later with his masterpiece SEVEN CHANCES. Director Porter at least shows a nice imagination at work as we get one good scene after another. It's seems obvious that most of the scenes were filmed in one shot so you have to wonder how many goofs are actually in the film as there are a few times when the woman fall flat on their faces while chasing.


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