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Rum vs. Cherries (1904)

Buy Your Own Cherries (original title)
A barmaid plies a swell with smiles and with cherries from a box that's just been delivered. When she refuses a cherry to a roughly-dressed tradesman who runs a tab at the bar, he pays off ... See full summary »

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Robert W. Paul
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A barmaid plies a swell with smiles and with cherries from a box that's just been delivered. When she refuses a cherry to a roughly-dressed tradesman who runs a tab at the bar, he pays off his debt in a huff, using all his week's pay. He then storms penniless and without provisions into his ill-furnished house where his wife and two children, ill-clad and ill-fed, cower. Is there any hope for him and for his family? If he does realize how low he's sunk, what help is there to lift him up? Will the family ever know the taste of cherries? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

June 1904 (USA) See more »

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Rum vs. Cherries See more »

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Robert W. Paul See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Ambitious For Its Time, & Worthwhile, But Could Have Been Better
16 May 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The story in "Buy Your Own Cherries" is rather ambitious for its time, and it had a worthwhile point to it as well, but it only partially comes off. It's the kind of concept that would probably have worked much better just a handful of years later, when film-makers had developed some standard story-telling techniques.

The story concerns a drunken man and his family, and there are a number of worthwhile ideas in it, as it shows the family working through things. There are several subtle details that are hard to catch unless you watch it over again. Once you see how it all fits together, it's interesting, though still quite moralistic, with one particular plus being a nice symmetry in the way it starts and ends. But there are some fairly significant details that aren't quite clear at first, and without catching them the story loses some of its point.

Overall, it's certainly of historical interest, and once you watch it a couple of times, it's clear that the story offers something worth thinking about as well. With better or more refined technique, it might have been quite good.


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