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One Can't Always Tell (1913)

Why will visitors always give short notice, think the three Misses Bardell, when one morning they receive a letter announcing the arrival of their Aunt Lydia in the afternoon. All is hustle... See full summary »

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Aunt Lydia
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The New Housekeeper
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1st Bardell Sister
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The Old Housekeeper
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Why will visitors always give short notice, think the three Misses Bardell, when one morning they receive a letter announcing the arrival of their Aunt Lydia in the afternoon. All is hustle and bustle, for, although they have never seen the old lady, they know she is a particular housekeeper and their own house is upside down. The maid declines to be hustled about by three people at once and leaves in a huff. In despair the sisters 'phone to an employment agency for a maid and anxiously await her arrival. It does not occur to them to tidy the house themselves. Aunt Lydia, dressed very simply and plainly, arrives at the house and is mistaken for the expected maid. She is given a countless number of tasks to do all at once and starts cleaning up. While she is sweeping the steps, the real maid arrives and is coaxed by Aunt Lydia to impersonate her. The maid, as Aunt Lydia, is received right well by the girls, who shower her with kindnesses in spite of the fact that she drinks out of a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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31 May 1913 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy If Dreams Came True; or, Who'd Have Thunk It? (1913). See more »

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Mrs. Maurice gives to the offering its best fun
15 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

The rich aunt (whom the three girls have never seen) is coming to choose an heiress. So the slavey is discharged and an efficient woman is sent for. The aunt comes first, is taken for the new servant and decides to keep up the deception, even making the maid, when she arrives, play that she is the aunt. None of the three girls proves to have the kind of temperament aunty is looking for (this is unusual in this story) so she apparently adopts the new cook. Mrs. Maurice, as the aunt, gives to the offering its best fun; but Kate Price, as the new cook, does her share. It is pretty well photographed. - The Moving Picture World, June 14, 1913


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