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The Joneses Have Amateur Theatricals (1909)

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Well, here we pay another visit to the Jones' domicile, with the same amusing results, for Jones cannot help being funny, and we feel sure that his obituary, not that we are in a hurry to ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
John R. Cumpson ... Mr. Jones
Florence Lawrence ... Mrs. Jones
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ... The Maid
Clara T. Bracy Clara T. Bracy
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... Theatre Man
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... Theatre Woman
Marion Leonard ... Mrs. Trouble
David Miles ... Theatre Man
Owen Moore ... Theatre Man
Herbert Prior ... Theatre Man
Mack Sennett ... Theatre Man
Harry Solter Harry Solter
Dorothy West ... Theatre Woman
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Well, here we pay another visit to the Jones' domicile, with the same amusing results, for Jones cannot help being funny, and we feel sure that his obituary, not that we are in a hurry to write it, will read like "Pickings from Puck." Mr. and Mrs. J. seem to be in for a dull evening, when the amateur dramatic club is announced, and then the fun begins. Jones had never been considered even a "near-actor," but when he is selected to play the lover to Mrs. Trouble he is a brilliant success: so much so that Mrs. Jones insists upon playing the part. With this change, Jones' histrionic ability deserts him, and he is a "frost." Well, things move along at a pretty rapid pace with the party, until Jones, in a jealous rage, ejects the bunch. The film is really one of the funniest of the Jones series. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1909 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with The Hindoo Dagger (1909). See more »

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

The characters are bland in this short film and the story goes nowhere. The 34 year old D.W. Griffith is trying to demonstrate that he can do comedy as well as historical reinterpretation, but he ends up just defining the American nation as homogenous.


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