The words "film pioneer" and "D.W. Griffith have been for a long time synonymous. Often overlooked, though, is one of his early efforts, Mr. Jones at the Ball(1908). His pioneering efforts are well represented here as an example of the "film series". Using modern terminology, the "pilot" for this series may have been, A Smoked Husband(1908), which should go down as one of the most unique titles in the history of cinema. Speculating on which context the word smoke is used,one would use the definition found in the early 1900's when smoke(d) in schoolboy slang meant "blushing". This would make sense as it would be a masculine parallel to "a blushing bride". Anyway, the first official entry, following the pilot, was Mr. Jones at the Ball. The star actress playing the part of Mrs. Jones(before there were stars) was Florence Lawrence. She was at this time not known by her name, but instead, "The Biograph Girl". Other titles in this early motion picture series that were referred to as "Jonesy" pictures at the time were: Jones and His New Neighbor; Mrs. Jones Lover; Jones and the Lady Book Agent; Mrs. Jones Entertains; His Wife's Mother; Peachbasket Hat; Jones' Burglar; Her First Biscuits; Mr. Jones Has a Card Party; The Jones' Have Amateur Theatricals. Questionable entries in the series are: Mixed Babies; His Day of Rest. Another significant cast member was "The King of Comedy" himself, Mack Sennett, who later as producer would release the "Mabel & Fatty", "Taxi" and "Smith Family" series. And last but not least, there was "America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford in 3 of the episodes.
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