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The Unprofitable Boarder (1913)

Jones, an unscrupulous young man of good appearance, does not believe in paying his bills and is constantly being dunned by his landlady for being in arrears for a considerable amount. His ... See full summary »

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John Jones - the Unprofitable Boarder
Alice Washburn ...
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Cy Perkins
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Sally - the Farmer's Daughter
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Jones, an unscrupulous young man of good appearance, does not believe in paying his bills and is constantly being dunned by his landlady for being in arrears for a considerable amount. His claims of having a rich uncle who will pay his debts is finally disbelieved and he finds himself dispossessed. He now finds himself out in the world without baggage but not for long for he buys another suitcase for sixty-nine cents and with it sallies forth to the outskirts of town where he finds a rural house with a shingle bearing the welcome words, "Boarders Wanted." Here the unsophisticated landlady believes the tale of his rich uncle. Taking advantage of these plain country folk he makes desperate love to Sally the daughter. She, thinking him to be a rich city chap, jilts Cy Perkins, a country bumpkin with whom Janes has some ludicrous clashes. Aside from this Jones feels secure as far as three meals a day and his lodgings are concerned until his former landlady, who happens to be a sister of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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26 March 1913 (USA)  »

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The audience found its good parts very amusing
26 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

A farce with burlesque characters for the most part. The audience found its good parts very amusing, but it is too long, the first half being rather inane. It has a real comedy situation as soon as it becomes known that the impecunious boarder, with an imaginary rich uncle (a first-class item), has taken up his abode in a farmhouse where his former city landlady is aunt. This part of the farce is worthy of the film it uses and is most entertaining. It was written by Herbert Prior, who plays the leading role, and was produced by C.J. Williams. Alice Washburn, William Wadsworth, Mabel Trunnelle and Mrs. Williams also have good roles and acquit themselves well. The photography is only so- so. - The Moving Picture World, April 12, 1913


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