Florence is very fond of her dog. Billy is very fond of Florence, but for some reason of other, her dog will not take to him. The ultimatum which Florence gives Billy is, "If I am loved and... See full summary »

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Florence is very fond of her dog. Billy is very fond of Florence, but for some reason of other, her dog will not take to him. The ultimatum which Florence gives Billy is, "If I am loved and to be won by you, you must be loved by my dog," and so "Jean" proves to be a stumbling block in the way to Florence's heart. He make up his mind to conquer the dog's antipathy to him by kidnapping his sweetheart's pet. When Florence discovers the loss of her faithful friend she is inconsolable and telephones Billy, asking him to help her find the lost one. The young fellow's conscience troubles him, but he holds to his purpose. Billy, after taking "Jean" to his home, tries in every way he can to win the dog's affection. It is not as easy as he anticipated and it is a long time before he can overcome the dog's dislike for him, but at last he is rewarded, succeeding in making a very close friend and devoted companion of the heretofore indifferent "Jean." Betty, a friend of Florence, walking past ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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20 June 1911 (USA)  »

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Der Hund als Heemschuh  »

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Jean the dog barks again (silently)
27 March 2017 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This "love me - love my dog" comedy appears in the Dutch EYE collection under the German title Der Hund als Hemmschuh (the dog as obstacle) wrongly dated as 1910. The actor who plays Billy (renamed "Robert" in the German version) is also wrongly identified as Maurice Costello; it is, as listed here, Leo Delaney. The two are not always that easy to tell apart; they looked sufficiently alike for Delaney to have played Darnay to Costello's Carton in A Tale of Two Cities. But Costello had fluffier, curlier hair than Delaney.

The collie is undoubtedly Jean who appears in several Vitagraph films about this time all directed by Larry Trimble who also owned the dog). Another film in the series, Jean the Matchmaker is available from the National Film Preservation Foundation but sadly not on youtube where many more people would see it.

The EYE version lacks footage. Sadly the scenes involving Norma Talmadge who played by the heroine's chum have been completely cut and the end is also missing; it is however very readily guessable even without reading the description of the film. It is not a film of any great depth of subtlety.


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