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Balked at the Altar (1908)

Artemisia Sophia Stebbins was a lovelorn maiden who had delved deep into the mysteries of "Three Weeks," as well as being conversant with the teachings of Laura Jean Libby. Her one hobby ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

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Mabel Stoughton Mabel Stoughton ... Female Lead
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt
D.W. Griffith
Robert Harron
Arthur V. Johnson
Mack Sennett
Harry Solter Harry Solter
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Artemisia Sophia Stebbins was a lovelorn maiden who had delved deep into the mysteries of "Three Weeks," as well as being conversant with the teachings of Laura Jean Libby. Her one hobby was to possess a hubby. Many there were whom she tried to hook, but in vain, for truth to say. Arte was of pulchritude a bit shy. She had the complexion of pale rhubarb and a figure like a wheat sack. Still her motto was "nil desperandum," and she was ever hopeful. One thing in her favor, her father. Obediah Stebbins, avowed his aid. Of the visitors who called at the Stebbins' domicile, Hezekiah Horubeak seemed the most probable to corral, so Artemisia set to work. Hez at first was a trifle recalcitrant, but was soon subdued by Obediah's gun, which we must admit possessed egregious powers of persuasion. The day for the wedding was set, and to the village church there flocked the natives to witness this momentous affair. All was progressing serenely until the all-important question was put to Hezekiah,... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1908 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Отказавшийся у алтаря See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Watchable, With Some Amusing Moments, But Not That Good Overall
18 November 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

While not all that funny, this short comedy is just amusing enough at times to be watchable. As one of Griffith's very early efforts, the technique is not very refined, and the slapstick tone also makes it quite a bit different from any of his more well-known pictures.

Most of the story is an extended humorous look at a romantic spinster whose eagerness to get married is evident to all. The first part is not very sensitive towards any of the characters, and it is not very entertaining, but it begins to pick up later on. For a short while, the action gets enjoyably manic, and the finale has a decent gag.

Griffith never really developed that good of a sense of humor, and his occasional attempts at comic relief in his longer features usually did not work all that well. But this picture is nearly as good, as a comedy, as his earliest dramas were as serious cinema, so perhaps if he had concentrated more on humor, it's possible that he could have made better or more worthwhile comedies later on.

In any event, this one is insubstantial, but it has just enough to be of some interest for those of us who enjoy watching these very old movies for their own sake.


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