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Pranks (1909)

Tom and Ethel separately decide to go bathing in a river. Pranksters switch their clothes and they each have to dress up as the opposite sex.




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Credited cast:
... Tom
... Ethel
... One of the Boys
... One of the Boys
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... On Porch
Anthony O'Sullivan ... Mr. Tramp
... Sunbather
... Sunbather


Cupid at times resorts to most unique methods to settle lovers' quarrels, and the subject of this comedy is possibly the most ingenious ever planned. Tom and Ethel quarrel over a most trivial matter. Despondently Tom wends his way to the beach for a dip in the cool waters as a balm to his wounded spirits. At the same time Ethel resorts to a like panacea. Each, of course, is unconscious of the other's movements. Two mischievous boys have followed them, and while the forlorn lovers are disporting (?) in the waves, the kids play the prank of exchanging the wearing apparel of the two bath houses, which are located some distance apart. Ethel finds the water cold, and is soon forced to emerge. Consternation: Well, chilled through, she is compelled to don the attire left in her bath house, Tom's suit. The same is experienced by Tom. Back to the hotel they rush through a series of ludicrous incidents, until Ethel is waylaid by a tramp, who is inclined to use violence to force her to hand over... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy





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30 August 1909 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the drama The Mills of the Gods (1909). See more »

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D.W. Griffith and Classical Music
21 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

It is probably the 34 year old D.W. Griffith who was responsible for combining classical music with moving imagery in the cinema. His use of a score in this short film not only engages in dialogue with the cinematographer, but also guides the eye and the imagination of the viewer. With classical music you can see a story being played out in your mind if you close your eyes and just listen to the music. If you combine that emotional experience with moving imagery (as in this short film) you find another character in the incidental music. The camera and the score are characters, and if they are used well by the director they can enhance the experience of a film.

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