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Making an American Citizen (1912)

Unrated  |   |  Short, Comedy  |  30 October 1912 (USA)
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A recent immigrant learns several hard lessons about how husbands in America are expected to behave.


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Uncredited cast:
Lee Beggs ...
Ivan Orloff (uncredited)
Blanche Cornwall ...
Ivan's Wife (uncredited)


Ivan Orloff and his wife decide to emigrate to America with a group of several others. Ivan is used to treating his wife roughly, and on arrival in America, he forces her to carry their baggage, while he repeatedly prods her with his cane. A passer-by rebukes Ivan, and forces him to carry the load. But this is only the first of several lessons that Ivan will learn in his new country. Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Comedy






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Turner Classic Movies showed a version with a piano score on the soundtrack, and running 16 minutes. See more »


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Too Heavy-Handed to Work Effectively
22 May 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Although there was probably something of a good intention behind the story, this movie is far too heavy-handed to make its point effectively, and is too insensitive to its characters to make it enjoyable to watch. It attempts to show us how a rather brutish immigrant must adjust himself to some of the principles of life in America, but the characters are stereotyped, the story sometimes lacks plausibility, and it really doesn't present anything or anyone in a positive light. A few of the technical aspects may have been done well for the time, but the story itself just has too many noticeable defects for the movie to be worthwhile.

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