Bill Bones, the village undertaker, sheriff, judge and a holder of a few minor offices, is the sworn, avowed lover of Exeter, who has the writing fever. His suit has met with little success... See full summary »

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Gale Henry ...
Miss Exeter Scribbles
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Bill Bones - the Village Undertaker (as William Franey)
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Romeo Ham - the Actor (as Milburn Moranti)
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Bill Bones, the village undertaker, sheriff, judge and a holder of a few minor offices, is the sworn, avowed lover of Exeter, who has the writing fever. His suit has met with little success, owing to her interest in her new profession and Bill is stumped. Romeo Ham, from the legit's stage, and a long ways from it at that, has had a streak of hard luck and arrives in the village. His capital amounts to the sum of one "jitney" and he calls on the village merchant to buy some refreshment. Romeo learns that Exeter is writing a play and at once his professional instincts are aroused. He introduces himself and he and Exeter at once find a common interest. Romeo suggests that she produce the play and act the leading part in it. He agrees to look after the production. This just suits Exeter and plans are put under way for the effort. Ham has learned that Exeter has a large bank account and his zeal is influenced mostly by the sight of her ample bank book. The rehearsal proves quite a task and... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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12 August 1916 (USA)  »

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Hun skrev en Komedie og spillede den  »

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14 April 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is one of the few surviving comedies from Joker, one of the many comedy shorts units that sprang up in the 'Teens in the wake of Keystone's success. All that survives of this one is a fragment in the Royal Belgian Archives, which they have posted to Youtube.

Although it features several noteworthy comedians of the era, it doesn't have much going for it: just the usual assortment of embarrassing and painful gags typical of the era. Its production values are good, but the best gags are the advertisements on the stage curtain.

The acting is broad and are more a matter of the types of the era than about what suits the players themselves. Franey, Moranti and Conklin would remain decent but unimposing utility comics to the ends of their considerable careers. Gale Henry would strike out on her own and star in some very good comedies which took advantage of her height and her ability to play a gawky woman, both in starring vehicles of her own (the DETECTRESS) and in support of other comics, particularly those of Charley Chase (HIS WOODEN WEDDING; SKIP THE MALOO). This one, however, is eminently forgettable.


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