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Those Awful Hats (1909)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 25 January 1909 (USA)
Set in an early cinema house, this comic short illustrates the problems with the gals' hats obscuring the movie patron's line of vision.

Director:

D.W. Griffith
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Uncredited cast:
Linda Arvidson ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
John R. Cumpson ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Flora Finch ... Woman with Largest Hat (uncredited)
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Robert Harron ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Charles Inslee ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Arthur V. Johnson ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Florence Lawrence ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Gertrude Robinson ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Mack Sennett ... Man in Checkered Jacket and Top Hat (uncredited)
Dorothy West ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
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A gentleman with a top hat, and a series of women with ever more ludicrous hats enter a movie theatre. They refuse to remove them, until a giant bucket forcibly removes one hat. All but one woman then remove their hats, and the bucket returns to remove the woman. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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hat blocks view | manners | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Is thought to be one of the very first, if not the first, theatrical public service announcements. Ladies were told to remove their hats in the cinema or the nickelodeons, or face expulsion. Today we have announcements about noise, babies, cell phones, etc. that are in the same vein. See more »

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Rudimentary But Rather Interesting
21 September 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This ultra-short film (only 2 minutes long) uses very rudimentary techniques, but it's rather interesting. It's about a theater full of people watching a movie, so there are two different screens combined into one image, and while the 'special effect' is not very good by the standards of later eras, it was probably a clever idea for its time. The light-hearted nature of this feature is an interesting contrast to the ultra-serious films that Griffith usually made.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Those Darn Hats See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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