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Lucky Jim (1909)

Gertrude chooses Jim over Jack, which makes Jack very jealous. Later Jim dies, and Jack marries Gertrude. He finds himself once again very jealous of the late Lucky Jim.

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... Gertrude
... Jack
... Jim, the First Husband (as Herbert Yost)
Anita Hendrie ... The Mother
... The Father
Harry Solter ... Jim's Friend
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Francis J. Grandon
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Jim and Jack were desperately in love with Gertrude, but Gertie showed a decided preference for Jim, so Jim wins out and marries Gertie; lucky Jim! Poor Jack is a miserable spectator at the wedding. Jim and his bride have ensconced in their little flat, and are enjoying their first meal. Sad to say, Gertie's education in the art of cooking has been woefully neglected and the result of her first attempt is simply awful. It is so bad that Jim kicks, and in return for his vehement vituperation he receives the little delicate attentions that Xanthippe bestowed upon Socrates. Numerous articles of tableware at his head, sweet-tempered Gertie, lucky Jim. Meanwhile unlucky Jack is at home repining before a portrait of Gertie. Time goes on and poor Jack is still repining, when a notice in the newspaper is shown him which chronicles the intelligence that Jim has shuffled, a victim of acute indigestion, and his head is now adorned with a halo instead of the rim of a dishpan. Jack feels that here... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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26 April 1909 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with Twin Brothers (1909). See more »

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Two by Griffith
29 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Lucky Jim (1909)

*** (out of 4)

Jealous Jack loves Gertrude. Gertrude loves and marries Jim. Jim dies so Jack marries Gertrude. Even with Jim dead Jack can't help be jealous of him. Here's a Griffith short that's an early slapstick comedy and this is probably the best comedy I've seen from the director. The plot is simple enough but the slapstick manages to get several laughs with most coming from the abusive wife.

Confidence (1909)

*** (out of 4)

An orphan girl runs away from her troubled past to become a nurse. After a couple years she also marries a doctor but someone from her past shows up to blackmail her. The story is told very well throughout making this a nice little film. Griffith's storytelling abilities are certainly getting better in this later 1909 films compared to some of his earlier stuff.


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