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A Case of Tomatoes (1909)

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Two mischievous boys, after the fashion employed by the "Steinheimer Kills,'' make havoc in their community with a case of red-ripe tomatoes, which falls from the rear of a grocer's ... See full summary »

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Two mischievous boys, after the fashion employed by the "Steinheimer Kills,'' make havoc in their community with a case of red-ripe tomatoes, which falls from the rear of a grocer's delivery wagon, unknown to the negligent driver. The boys happen along at this time, and gathering up the globular vegetables, proceed to eat their fill, after which they discuss means of diversion, other than epicurean, in which the tomatoes might be utilized. There ambles peaceably into view a dignified old gentleman, under a tall shiny silk hat. "O, Willie! Pipe de guy wid the silk skypiece!" one of the lads whispers. "Watch me, Mordecai Brown, wid de original invisible twirler." A splattering tomato strikes the old gentleman's sky-piece, removing it deftly from his head, and while the boys make a hurried retreat he pursues the tomato stained hat. A well-directed "love apple" hurled into a passing hansom is surprisingly received by the gentleman occupant, somewhere amidships, adding a touch of color to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy





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15 September 1909 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy Three Reasons for Haste (1909). See more »

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This is a very slight story
30 December 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This is a slight and improbable story, which serves, however, as a vehicle for rough humor and provokes an audience to hearty laughter. A case of tomatoes is dropped from a wagon and two small boys seize possession of the fruit and start to amuse themselves by pelting all sorts of people, tennis players, art connoisseurs, policemen and others are hit by these disagreeable missiles, and much of the fun in the picture consists in watching the facial contortions of those who have been hit. Finally, of course, the small boys pelt policemen, who are thereupon instrumental in arresting them. By way of punishment the faces of the culprits are smeared with tomatoes, after which, no doubt, the boys promise to be good. As we have said, this is a very slight story; in fact, there is no story at all. It is merely a series of funny incidents strung together. The photography of it is quite clever, for about the movements of the tomatoed victims there is a spontaneity which would lead one to suppose that the film was actually exposed at the instant when the faces of the victims were hit. "A Case of Tomatoes" serves to divert moving picture audiences, a line of work in which the Essanay Company are making many successes. - The Moving Picture World, September 25, 1909

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