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The Newlyweds (1910)

A young man and a young woman, each unlucky in love, determine never to marry. But Cupid has other ideas.

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D.W. Griffith

Writer:

D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Arthur V. Johnson ... Dick Harcourt
Mary Pickford ... Alice Vance
Florence Barker ... Dora Dean
Charles West Charles West ... Harry
Kate Bruce ... The Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Bernard
Charles Craig Charles Craig ... On Train
Gladys Egan ... Child on Street
Frank Evans Frank Evans ... On Train
Francis J. Grandon ... Conductor
Robert Harron ... At Station Reception
Ruth Hart Ruth Hart ... On Train
Guy Hedlund ... On Train
Dell Henderson ... A Friend / On Train
Jeanie Macpherson
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Storyline

Dick Harcourt and Dora Dean are both cruelly jilted by their sweethearts. Each of them vows never to marry. Dick even goes so far as to join the Anti-marriage Club. But the sub-title of this film is "A Comedy Of Errors Corrected By Cupid"; and now that mischievous lad goes to work. Dick and Dora (strangers, mind you) are traveling on the same train; and by accident(?) they sit together. Now Dick, on his way to the train station, had gotten some grains of rice stuck to his clothing by accident(?). Also, by accident(?) a member or Dick's Anti-Marriage Club is riding on the same train. He sees the "couple", sees the rice, and puts one and one together to get two married people. He wires ahead to the Club members that Dick is a traitor. When the train arrives the Club members have arranged a mock reception party for Dick and Dora. But many of the good citizens of the town take the thing seriously, and soon Dora has a pile of wedding gifts. Well, a couple of well placed darts later, Dick ... Written by Geezer Noir

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1910 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Newly Weds See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film is posted online to the Library of Congress' National Screening Room. See more »

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Aren't They Cute Together?
30 September 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

When his fiancee hands back her ring, Arthur Johnson swears off women. When her fiance dumps her, Mary Pickford cries and gives up men. When they sit next to each other on a train, though, everything mistakes their shy attitudes for that of newlyweds.

I think that the reason that so few of D.W. Griffith's comedies for Biograph have been available until now (this and several other rare films have just been posted to the Library of Congress' National Screening Room site), is in part that he used his more elaborate techniques in his dramas, while the comedies depended more on his players' acting; in part because of the snobbish attitude that drama is serious and comedy is ... well, silly, and not art; in part because he handed the comedy over to Frank Powell and Mack Sennett; and in large part because his comedies were rarely the laugh-out-loud farces and burlesques that overwhelmed movie comedy when Sennett struck out on his own. Given his Victorian standards of story-telling, he seemed to be uneasy with making people, particularly young women, the butt of jokes; his comedies were structural, rather than risible.

Occasionally, though, he could turn out a good one, particularly if he had the right actors. He has them here in his two young leads.


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