Gladys Merwin, at the salesroom of a fashionable modiste, takes a fancy to a very pretty gown and orders it sent to her at once. Sadie Moore, immediately after Gladys has gone, enters the ... See full summary »

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Jack Merwin - the Husband
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Gladys Merwin - the Wife
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Judge Brown - an Older Husband
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Gladys Merwin, at the salesroom of a fashionable modiste, takes a fancy to a very pretty gown and orders it sent to her at once. Sadie Moore, immediately after Gladys has gone, enters the establishment, and seeing the dress which Gladys has just purchased, orders one for herself of exactly the same material and design. Shortly after this prologue, Gladys and her husband, Jack Merwin, receive an invitation to spend part of their honeymoon at the home of Judge and Mrs. Brown; in honor of their visit, they are accorded a reception. Sadie Smith enters the ballroom wearing the exact duplicate of Gladys' costume, escorted by a young man in whom she appears to be more than interested. Jack thinks Sadie is his wife and becomes disturbed. He is on the point of following them when Gladys appears in the doorway alone. He turns to his partner and makes violent love to her, in order to arouse the jealousy of Gladys. When his wife sees him she becomes angry. The next morning Gladys and Jack are not... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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19 August 1911 (USA)  »

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The misunderstanding would have quickly been cleared up at any average dance
10 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This picture, though set forth by first-class players and with a pretty heroine (her profile wouldn't be lonesome on a Grecian vase), isn't a true life portrayal. It isn't even a very well-constructed comedy; it has no glaring faults in construction, so much as entire lack of it. Its scenes are very loosely connected and fail to give a concrete impression. The story concerns itself with a bride and groom on their wedding trip who "fell out" because the husband saw another dress just like the wife's and thought she was flirting with another man, and the wife saw him acting foolishly because he was jealous. They get a divorce, though each still loves the other. They are reunited by chance and take up the honeymoon where it was left off. If it had been made convincing it might have been a very amusing picture; but it has many shortcomings which sadly hamper it. In the first place, the heroine, Gladys, when she opens Mrs. Brown's invitation, throws the envelope on the parlor floor, which no woman would be at all likely to do. This little slip so early in the picture prepared us for others and they are plentiful. One of the picture's most noticeable slips is the scene where, let us call it his wife's dress, goes past the man in the ballroom at Judge Brown's. He was seated in a tete-a-tete with another girl. The room wasn't dark. Perhaps he only caught a glimpse of the dress, but that couldn't be, for he saw that she was very close to the other man. Under the circumstances, the false recognition doesn't stand up effectively. He got up to investigate, but the girl he was talking with stopped him and this also, seeing he was a newly married man, doesn't stand up. Such incidents are pictured thus because the scenario writer's memory is not good and he doesn't know psychology. If the two had been engaged, not married, pique in the man would have aided the little play of his companion, snakelike as it was, and might have kept him from investigating, might have broken the engagement. As it was, the little byplay would have been quite ineffective to hinder any married man. Also a man who was merely engaged might have retaliated with a little flirtation on his own part, a newly married man who loved his wife hardly would. We see it in pictures very often, married people acting as though they were merely engaged. What is more, it is surely abnormal when two people are dressed alike, especially at a private ball and it is not generally commented on. The misunderstanding would have quickly been cleared up at any average dance. There are, in all sincerity many arguments against the occurrence that is given here and this reviewer can find not a single one for it. The picture is ruined by "breaks." Judge Brown lived within automobile ride of his dear friends, near enough so that Mrs. Brown met Gladys on the street, yet hadn't heard that they were divorced. He, as a justice and a lawyer, probably read all court decisions, too. Such breaks as these ought not to happen. - The Moving Picture World, September 16, 1911


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