A farmer's daughter helps a farmhand win the heart of a cook by convincing him to serenade her, with unexpected results.

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William Jackson
Margery Bonney Erskine ...
Mrs. Jackson (as Mrs. Wallace Erskine)
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Muriel Jackson
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Thomas Perkins
Alice Washburn ...
Romantic Molly
William Wadsworth ...
Zeb Hawkins
Edward O'Connor ...
Mike
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Thomas has been courting Muriel Jackson, but Muriel's father strongly disapproves, and he sends Thomas away. Meanwhile, the hired hand Zeb is in love with Molly the cook, but Molly is steeped in romantic novels, and she resists his attentions. When Zeb tells Muriel his troubles, Muriel is sympathetic, and she advises him to serenade Molly to appeal to her romantic nature. The plan works, but it produces some unexpected results. Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Comedy | Romance

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29 January 1913 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A copy of this film survives at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. See more »

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Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) See more »

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Pleasantly Absurd Short Comedy
26 September 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This pleasantly absurd Edison Company short comedy shows the touch of director C. Jay Williams, whose movies often have the same easy-going, gentle humor that pokes fun at the characters without demeaning them. There's nothing particularly noteworthy about the technique, but the story is entertaining and is told at a good pace. Along the way, it even slips in a creative use of a phonograph, which must surely have pleased their studio boss.

The story focuses on two couples with different problems. The daughter of the house is in love with a man of whom her father disapproves, while at the same time a hired hand is trying to make progress with the cook. Things come together in the serenade scene, which is silly but cleverly done, bringing everyone together while setting up the finale.

When this was made, comedies of its length were one of the most common kinds of movies. This is well above average in its use of the techniques and conventions of its genre.


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