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An Elephant on Their Hands (1912)

The circus gets out of town, with everything but its elephant, which is seized for debt by the constable. To realize on the asset, it is auctioned off and purchased by Mr. Goodsport while ... See full summary »

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George Ober ...
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Charles Eldridge
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The circus gets out of town, with everything but its elephant, which is seized for debt by the constable. To realize on the asset, it is auctioned off and purchased by Mr. Goodsport while he is intoxicated. He takes it home, something that he never could have done in his sober senses. He takes it upstairs to bed with him. His wife and daughter, when they discover the presence of the beast, are frightened to death, and a little later when Goodsport wakes up to a realization of what he has done, he is almost frantic with terror. In his efforts to get rid of his purchased folly, the elephant takes possession of the kitchen, terrifies the cook and makes a clean sweep of everything in it. The constable and his assistant, who are called on for help, cannot budge the brute. Finally Goodsport is obliged to send word to the circus manager and pay him to take his elephant back and off his hands. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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16 October 1912 (USA)  »

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Something good for the blues
26 February 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The rest of us may be descended from monkeys; but surely this ripping comic is a "Bunnygraph" His elephantship, the leader of the film, is so truly on to the game and so serious in his part that he reminds us of our old friend and, in such a picture, nothing could be better. Mr. Goodsport, played as George Ober can play, is in that whoop-la, mellow frame of mind that leads a man to buy an elephant, and Goodsport then takes it home. They go to bed together; but the elephant occupies all the bed and wants all the covers. Goodsport would have been content; but his wife (Kate Price), who with some friends had taken refuge in the garret objects and, through the window, rouses the neighborhood. But even when the sheriff had been called and the elephant had been got downstairs, he wouldn't go out, not while the kitchen smelt so good. Gene Mullin wrote the sketch and has given us something good for the blues. Frederick Thomson has ably produced it. Flora Finch, Lillian Walker, Robert Gaillard and Charles Eldridge add their part to the happy, general result. - The Moving Picture World, November 2, 1912


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