On the first of January Mr. Jones "swears off," gives his cigars and tobacco to the maid's best man and figures up for his family how much extra money they are going to have to spend during... See full summary »

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William Wadsworth ...
Mr. Jones
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Lorna Sturgeon ...
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On the first of January Mr. Jones "swears off," gives his cigars and tobacco to the maid's best man and figures up for his family how much extra money they are going to have to spend during the year. The next day he starts for business feeling still quite happy and proud of himself, but somehow things don't seem to go well at the office and he finds himself feeling for a cigar and missing something all day. At luncheon the man opposite him lights a good cigar when he is finished his meal and poor Mr. Jones is obliged to beat a hasty retreat from the tempting odor. The afternoon proves a bad one for his office force and he starts for home early much to their relief. At the station a friend offers him a smoke and blows the fragrance of a good cigar into his face until he is nearly beside himself. Consequently he arrives at his home in a very unenviable state of mind. He don't kiss the children but goes up to his room to change his clothes without even taking off his hat. The clothes ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 December 1912 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy How a Horseshoe Upset a Happy Family (1912). See more »

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It is a tip-top offering
23 April 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The work that William Wadsworth does, especially in the opening scenes of this farce comedy, has a quality that makes it a joy forever. He is the father of a family and has been persuaded by his wife (Miriam Nesbitt) to swear off smoking. In a delightful little scene, partly around the dining-room table, he is found not only admonishing his son (Yale Boss) to take note of the dangers of smoking, but is counting up the benefits that will come to the whole family from the money that will be saved. We can see that he is going to break his pledge. It is a tip-top offering straight through and one audience heartily enjoyed it.

  • The Moving Picture World, January 11, 1913


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