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Love Laughs at Locksmiths; an 18th Century Romance (1908)

This love story of the eighteenth century opens in the office of an English vintner. The head clerk, a very crabby looking, middle-aged man, is making up his accounts in a ledger, while his... See full summary »

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This love story of the eighteenth century opens in the office of an English vintner. The head clerk, a very crabby looking, middle-aged man, is making up his accounts in a ledger, while his companion, a youth of 18 or 19, is writing out labels for bottles. The clerk falls in a daze over his books. The young man notices the approach of his employer's daughter, who, by the way, is his sweetheart, and the young people concoct a scheme to annoy the sleeping clerk. They attach a large fly to the end of a fish line and proceed to dangle it over the nose of the bookkeeper. He partially awakens, and slaps at the insect several times. In his efforts to kill the fly a bottle of ink is upset, and that finally arouses him. He mops up the ink, resumes his work, but again dozes off. Once more the fish line is brought out. This time the jokers catch the clerk's wig on the hook, pulling it off. In doing so the young man overbalances himself and falls to the floor, awakening the sleeper and exposing ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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1 August 1908 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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