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It All Came Out in the Wash (1912)

"Pa is rich and Ma don't care!" Neither does Barry Wall, their son, who is indulged in all sorts of extravagances. He is a desirable catch for almost any girl, but he has one ideal. Gladys ... See full summary »

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Barry Wall
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"Pa is rich and Ma don't care!" Neither does Barry Wall, their son, who is indulged in all sorts of extravagances. He is a desirable catch for almost any girl, but he has one ideal. Gladys Cooper, the daughter of the Manager of the Excelsior Laundry. He has never had an introduction to her and finds it difficult to get one. He dreams of her night and day. He sends his soiled linen to Cooper's laundry and forgets to remove his diamond stud from one of his shirts. When he misses it, he goes to the laundry and Mr. Cooper restores to him his lost gem. Barry is delighted, but not half so much as when he sees the ideal of his dreams enter. Pa Cooper introduces Barry to Gladys, and the girl seems to be as badly smitten as the love-sick Barry. Next Sunday, Barry calls to see Gladys and presents her with a ring with a setting of the very diamond stud which he had lost and found. Their engagement is announced and their cup of happiness is full. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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24 December 1912 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy Ida's Christmas (1912). See more »

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Fine Feathers
6 October 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

When Maurice Costello, Vitagraph's resident matinée idol meets Lilian Walker, one of Vitagraph's starlets, on the Culver City line, they flirt. He remembers her. He doesn't recognize her in her work clothes at the laundry when he goes to recover the diamond studs from his shirt, but he does when they meet again outside.

It's a shop girl version of Cinderella: the rich, desirable (because they are rich) would want to marry the poor girls, if only they dressed right.

There is a nice split-screen effect early on in which Costello imagines Miss Walker in the smoke from his calabash pipe. Otherwise this is a pointless trifle, redeemed by its short length. If you wish, you can find it on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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