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Mr. Jones Has a Card Party (1909)

Mr. Jones, since his last escapade, had made strenuous efforts to amend the reputation he had gained in the eyes of the ladies of the Temperance League. But Oh! the ordeal, for such it was,... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith
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Credited cast:
John R. Cumpson ... Mr. Jones
Florence Lawrence ... Mrs. Jones
Linda Arvidson ... The Maid
Robert Harron ... The Messenger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Flora Finch ... Guest
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... Guest
Charles Inslee ... Guest
Arthur V. Johnson ... Guest
Jeanie Macpherson ... Guest
Mack Sennett ... Guest
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... Guest
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Mr. Jones, since his last escapade, had made strenuous efforts to amend the reputation he had gained in the eyes of the ladies of the Temperance League. But Oh! the ordeal, for such it was, was telling on him, and his pent-up spirits were threatening ebullition, when at last the chance comes. The league arranges to attend a three-days' convention out of town, and when Mrs. Jones departs, Jones sends a note to Smith, telling him to bring the gang, and they would have a "Prayer Meeting," enjoining him not to forget the "fixings." Well, the gang are not long in putting in an appearance, for they feel that every minute's delay is a chunk lost from a golden opportunity for fun. Of "fixing" there is much, and it isn't long before they are in the "Wild Indian" stage of inebriety. During this time the feminine nemesis of Rum, the League has arrived at the station just in time to see the train pull out. Madder than wet hens, they decide to pass the night with Mrs. Jones. "Oh, horror! Oh horror... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1909 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Fun Film in Griffith's "Mr Jones" Series
30 July 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Mr. Jones Has a Card Party (1909)

*** (out of 4)

Here's another entry in D.W. Griffith's Mr. Jones comedy series. The title cards are lost for this film so a few plot details are going to have to be left to the imagination. From what I could gather Mr. Jones (John R. Cumpson) kicks a couple ladies out of the house so that he and his buddies can get drunk and play cards. Jones ends up passing out so his friends put a dress on him, smear make-up on him and throw him into the bed. While this is going on a group of ladies enter the house and soon they meet the "person" in the bed. Again, trying to figure out who these group of women were went over my head but for the most part this is a pleasant little film that has some nice comic timing and while there aren't any major laughs it's at least a good way to spend 9-minutes. Once again I think a lot of credit has to go to Cumpson who has some nice comic timing and especially his scenes where he's drunk and about to pass out. I thought the way he tipped and staggered around was very funny and the way he comes out of the bed also had me laughing. As you'd expect, there's a nice little chase sequence towards the end of the film that allows the director to show off his editing skills. The supporting cast includes Mack Sennett, Robert Harron and Griffith's's then-wife Linda Arvidson.


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