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Father Gets in the Game (1908)

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"You have got to keep up with the bandwagon or quit." This never impressed old Wilkins so forcibly as when his son and daughter give him the go-by, stamping him as a "has-been," and away ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mack Sennett ... Bill Wilkins
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... Wilkins' Son
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... Professor Dyem / First Couple
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson
Charles Avery ... The Butler
Charles Gorman Charles Gorman
Charles Inslee ... Clumsy Waiter (unconfirmed)
Florence Lawrence ... First Couple
Marion Leonard
Jeanie Macpherson
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"You have got to keep up with the bandwagon or quit." This never impressed old Wilkins so forcibly as when his son and daughter give him the go-by, stamping him as a "has-been," and away out of the game. Even Mrs. Wilkins, who is as vivacious as a widow, snubs him. He keenly feels his condition and resolves to alter it. With this in view, he enlists the services of Professor Dyem, the celebrated Dermatologist and Tonsorial Artist. After a session with the Professor, beheld the transmogrified Wilkins. What a change! Shorn of his grizzly beard, his locks raven, complexion florid, eye clear and step elastic, he views himself in the mirror. He hardly recognizes himself. In fact, it requires his valet to convince him that he is he. "Am I in it? Well. I guess. If I don't keep up with and even beat that bandwagon by a city block, my name is not Pill Wilkins." He sallies forth and makes for the park. The first person he encounters is his wife. He approaches her in elation, but she mistakes ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1908 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Отец входит в игру See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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proto-Keystone slapstick

A previous IMDb reviewer has stated that Jeanie Macpherson, who appears in this film, was Cecil B. DeMille's wife. That's not correct. Macpherson had a long and significant career as DeMille's favourite scenarist; she wrote or co-wrote the scripts for many of DeMille's most important films and quite a few of his obscure films. Macpherson (who appears in this movie as a young flirt) was quite attractive in her younger days, and there are rumours that she and DeMille had a long sexual relationship. But she was definitely never married to him.

'Father Gets in the Game' features Mack Sennett -- the future king of Keystone -- in unconvincing makeup and whitened hair as Wilkins, an ageing man who watches enviously as his adult son courts the pretty young ladies. Wilkins goes to a hairdresser for a dye job: the hairdresser is named Dyem, which tells you what sort of comedy this is. Conveniently youthened (and looking much more like Sennett's actual appearance at this time), Wilkins goes forth with lecherous intentions. He flirts with various young ladies (including Macpherson and Linda Arvidson), some of them more friendly than others. Slapstick complications ensue, with a few proto-Keystone pratfalls.

The most interesting aspect of this early comedy is the inclusion of some exterior sequences shot in Central Park, with some genuine pedestrians caught by the camera. I'll rate 'Father Gets in the Game' 5 out of 10, mostly for its historical significance.


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