The Athletic Family (1914)
Jake Punchim, a retired heavyweight champion, keeps himself, wife and twin daughters, Helen and Dot. in training, by a course of athletic exercises in their little gymnasium, connected with the house. Dot has serious objections to the continual round of strenuous exercise and hates boxing worst of all, as her sister Helen always punches her all over the place. While out walking one day she meets Gussie Wendell, an effeminate young man who does not like boxing either, and a flirtation ends in their making an appointment to meet in the park at two o'clock. Pa Punchim goes out for a walk. On the way he assists in lifting a wagon out of a rut, picks up a piano single-handed and sets it in a van, and other trifling stunts, so that he attracts an admiring crowd by the time he gets back home. Helen is introduced by Charley Hands, a friend, to Billy Banghim, a husky boxing instructor, and she asks permission to box with one of his pupils. She soon knocks him down and Billy falls in love with her on the spot. He makes an appointment to meet her in the park at two o'clock. Through mistakes in identity, the two girls meet the wrong men. Misunderstandings lead to harsh words and the result is that Gussie is thrown into the lake by strong-armed Helen, while Billy gets a similar ducking at the hands of Jake Punchim, when Dot tells her father a man is chasing her. Gussie and Billy meet after swimming ashore and vow vengeance. They find Jake sleeping peacefully on a bench, and heave him, bench and all, into the water. Then they run into Dot and Helen and explanations are quickly made. Pa Punchim comes near thrashing the young men. but Helen explains it all and deciding the joke is on everyone, all burst out laughing, and after introductions, are soon the best of friends.- Written by Moving Picture World synopsis
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