His Wife's Mother (1909)

Jones's mother-in-law prohibits his smoking and drinking, so he takes her out for the evening and gets her drunk.


D.W. Griffith


D.W. Griffith


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Credited cast:
John R. Cumpson ... Mr. Jones
Florence Lawrence ... Mrs. Jones
Dorothy West ... Maid
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... Mrs. Jones' Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ... Restaurant Patron
Flora Finch
Robert Harron ... Busboy
Charles Inslee ... Waiter
Arthur V. Johnson ... Restaurant Patron
David Miles ... At Confectioner's
Mrs. Herbert Miles Mrs. Herbert Miles
Owen Moore ... Restaurant Patron
Mack Sennett ... Waiter


That one may be killed by kindness is a demonstrated fact, but that dire deeds may be wrought by generous acts is a rarity. Jones does, though, with great success. But, then. Eddie has never fallen down yet, although he has gotten into some awkward positions. Wifey's mamma promises, or rather threatens, a visit. This, of course, is most delectable news to Jones: "not" and when she arrives he is further perturbed by her egotistical domination of the household. Son-in-law must not smoke, nor drink; the maid must not frill nor flounce, but attire herself austerely demure. To say that this gets on Jones' nerves is putting it mildly, but what can he do? "Ah! an inspiration. It takes nerve, but it is worth a chance." So he sets out, to make his wife jealous of her own mother. First he goes out and buys her candy and flowers, then he showers attentions upon her to the extreme neglect of wifey, which starts things in the right direction for Jones. After this he takes mamma dear to the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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1 March 1909 (USA) See more »

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Released as a split reel along with The Prussian Spy (1909). See more »

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13 February 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

The furniture was oddly positioned in this short film causing it to make oblique thrusts at the audience. The focal pull of the lens accentuated the shape and texture of objects, allowing the low ceilings to press down on the characters.

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