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Three Christmas Dinners (1909)

Three small boys whose ambitions are greater than their appetites, hit upon a clever scheme for prolonging the Christmas feasting. They find that different dinner hours make it possible to ... See full summary »
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Three small boys whose ambitions are greater than their appetites, hit upon a clever scheme for prolonging the Christmas feasting. They find that different dinner hours make it possible to attend three functions. They set out to perfect their plans and each in turn introduces his playfellows to his mother with the doleful tale that they are to have no Christmas dinner at their home and the request that they be permitted to share the home dinner. Each of the three members returns a ready assent and presently we see them hugely enjoying the first of the feasts. The board groans with the weight of good things which rapidly disappear under the valiant attack of the youthful trio and they hurry off to the second dinner with joyous anticipation. But, somehow, the second dinner does not taste as good as the first: they stop with the second helping of turkey and only have ice cream three times. Still worse is the third dinner. The hospitable hostess is alarmed at their lack of appetite and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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20 December 1909 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with A Policeman's Xmas Eve (1909). See more »

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The effect is indescribably ludicrous
31 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Here is a complication which will amuse. Three boys accept invitations to dinner from each of their three mothers. The first dinner was good and they attacked it with the most ravenous appetites. The second one did not appeal to them so vividly and the third one was not appreciated at all. The picture is worked out with close attention to the details which would probably be invoked to make such dinners appetizing and attractive. And the effect is indescribably ludicrous. The contagious good humor is one of the principal attractions of this film and results in hearty laughter from the audience wherever it is shown. - The Moving Picture World, December 31, 1909


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