The New Stenographer (1908)
The theatrical firm of Joy & Hope advertises for a stenographer. Joy receives a telegram at breakfast from a well meaning friend stating that he saw the advertisement, and would send him a "peach." Of course, Mrs. Joy must see the message, and immediately Joy's trouble begins. He arrives at the office to find it besieged by stenographers of all kinds. Hope is barricaded in an inner office, and a policeman on guard. The "peach" arrives and is admitted. Mrs. Joy is a good "second," but is held in the outer office by the policeman, who takes her for another applicant. She finally forces her way into the office. Her detention allows Joy & Hope a breathing spell. They hit upon a plan to evade punishment. Hope borrows the waist and skirt of the "peach," dons them, with a handy wig, and as Mrs. Joy enters, is busy manipulating the keys, while the girl hidden in another room. Mrs. Joy looks the supposed stenographer over, finds "her" harmless, and is about to depart, satisfied, through the other door, when Joy bars the way. She is suspicious at once, forces her way in and brings forth the trembling girl, paralyzing both partners, who are unable to explain. Mrs. Joy goes to the supposed stenographer for sympathy, weeps on "her" shoulder, and persuades "her" to accompany her home. The deceit must be carried out "to the bitter end," so Hope goes home with Mrs. Joy. Joy follows to find his wife in dishabille, and Hope very nervous. Finally Mrs. Joy dons a new bathing suit, to show its beauties to her new friend, the stenographer. Joy is kept busy trying to prevent discovery. Hope tries to escape and in the struggle, the wig comes off, and the false stenographer stands revealed.- Written by Moving Picture World synopsis
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