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Mary Jane's Mishap (1903)

Smith casts his wife as a sluttish housewife who is mutilated by lighting her oven with paraffin.

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Laura Bayley ... Mary Jane (as Mrs. George Albert Smith)
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Mary Jane tries to light the oven. When she's unsuccessful, she plays around, getting black boot polish on her face. She mugs before a mirror. Then, it's back to work. When the stove still won't light, she pours in paraffin, winks at the camera, and lights a match. Kaboom! Is there any rest for the foolish, even in the grave? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Quite Entertaining
2 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

This little feature from G.A. Smith is quite entertaining, and it is also nicely put together. Although the props and details are clearly from its own period, it also features a main character who could be at home in any era.

The story is a simple one, starting with Mary Jane (played by Smith's wife) as a kitchen maid who mugs for the camera as she goes about her chores. Although her antics are simple, it does a pretty good job for the era of making most of them work well. Then we see Mary Jane's 'mishap' and its macabre but amusing consequences.

Smith's wife proves to be a decent actress, and she makes her character pretty amusing. The mishap sequence also works well, with a clever special effect, and there is a good final gag. While it's nothing highbrow, it was made with skill, and it is still humorous nearly a century later.


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