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The Rubes and the Bunco Men (1909)

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The opening scene of this comedy shows the arrival of a typical Rube and his daughter from the rural districts. Leaving the depot of a well-known railroad in a large metropolis, they are ... See full summary »

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The opening scene of this comedy shows the arrival of a typical Rube and his daughter from the rural districts. Leaving the depot of a well-known railroad in a large metropolis, they are spotted by two bunco men on the outlook for victims, and cautiously trailed. The sharpers, laying their plans en route, take a short cut and secure material for their game. They happen upon a magnificent team of horses attached to a carriage standing alone in front of a residence, and after placing a sign upon carriage "For Sale $25.00." they await the coming of their victims. The Rubes, much taken with the splendid turnout, immediately purchase the outfit and drive off in state. The sharpers again head off the Rubes and place a large sign in a conspicuous place upon a swell mansion. The sign reads "This property in exchange for a team and carriage and so much cash to boot." One of the sharpers disguises himself, makes the exchange, secures the cash, and they both drive off in the vehicle. The Rube ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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14 April 1909 (USA)  »

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Some clever caricature from the Essanay studio
16 August 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Here is some clever caricature from the Essanay studio. A rube and his wife, or sweetheart, land in the city and are immediately set upon by two bunco men. The first thing they do is to sell the rube a wagon and two horses for $25, allowing the rube to drive away with a rig that stood beside the street. Next they offer a house for a horse and wagon and $200, which the rube accepts. The troubles of the rube begin when the owner sends his butler out and rolls them both down the steps. There are numerous funny situations developed as the picture unfolds which cannot be described. It is a good bit of comedy and gives the Essanay funny man, Turpin, an opportunity to display his powers, which he does to good advantage. - The Moving Picture World, April 17, 1909


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