The Athletic Girl is at her daily exercises of pulling weights, barbells, and bodybuilding, when the Burglar tries to tip-toe into her house. She stands up and hits him with one barbell ...
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The Athletic Girl is at her daily exercises of pulling weights, barbells, and bodybuilding, when the Burglar tries to tip-toe into her house. She stands up and hits him with one barbell into the head, knocking him out. Written by
This is a funny sketch, with a moral lesson for young women: you should build up your muscles in the gym, to defend your property in this times of daring burglars - be it the end of the 19th century, or the early 21st century. Two AMBC comedies are known, involving burglars in the title. `How Bill the Burglar Got a Bath' (1899) shows Bill the Burglar entering the room where little Elsie is asleep in bed. She awakens, sees him at work, and scares him off by turning the stream from a fire extinguisher upon him. Also, `What Happened to the Burglar' (1899) AKA `What Happened to Jones' (1903) (USA: copyright title). Noticing that the video release, and 1902 Catalogue title, implies that this film is the first in a series, I would guess it to be some forgotten film of 1898, possibly by Frederick S. Armitage than working for that company, and who did a couple of comedies involving a burglar. It may have been a pair to "The Old Maid and the Burglar" (1898), showing the same public how a burglar fares bad, either visiting an old maid, or an athletic girl's house!... These assumptions are made taking in consideration that the films did not carry titles with them then, and were often re-titled according to the distributors fancy when they started getting copyrights on them, usually from 1902 on.
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