Bill is a husky, lazy lout. He sits at home all day smoking and reading, while his wife does all the work. Bill never lifts a finger to help her, and besides, he persecutes his daughter by ... See full summary »

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Lazy Bill
Arthur Housman ...
The Village Constable
Alice Washburn ...
Lazy Bill's Wife
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Lazy Bill's Daughter (as Elsie McLeod)
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Bill is a husky, lazy lout. He sits at home all day smoking and reading, while his wife does all the work. Bill never lifts a finger to help her, and besides, he persecutes his daughter by driving her suitor from the premises. One afternoon Bill falls asleep and dreams he is arrested on some trumped up charge. Following his arrest he is brought to trial and sentenced to thirty days at hard labor. He is shackled like a criminal and dragged off to prison with a number of other convicts whose services are offered to the public for hire by the day. His wife has sweet revenge by hiring him for thirty days. She takes him home accompanied by an armed guard, makes him saw wood, carry the coal, wait on the table and wash the dishes. Big Bill suddenly discovers that he is possessed of abnormal strength and becomes defiant and rebellious, refusing to do any more work. The attempt of his guard to compel him to work turns out rather disastrously. He snaps his shackles, smashes dishes and furniture... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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22 January 1913 (USA)  »

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Burlesque characters are good with the gallery
13 July 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

James Oppenheim in this photoplay has drawn a man who is too strong to work, and it has been produced to make a queer character farce which made a good deal of laughter, but never caught the whole house. Burlesque characters are good with the gallery, but they are apt to miss some of the people downstairs. Frank A. Lion plays "Lazy Bill." who isn't working and won't help his thin, over-worked wife with the washing. He dreams that he is arrested for a saloon row and that his wife buys his services (convict labor) from the state. Being made to work, he now finds that he is too strong even to be kept behind iron bars, and some very farcical situations arise. Alice Washborn plays the wife; Elsie McLeod, the daughter; Edward Boulden, the daughter's queer beau; Arthur Housman, the village constable; Robert Milash, the bully; Percy Plunket, the judge, and Edward O'Connor, the guard. The photography is good. - The Moving Picture World, February 8, 1913


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