4.9/10
30
1 user

The Furs (1912)

Her mother-in-law strenuously objects to her extravagance, and so wifey has to resort to subtle means to get a set of furs that strikes her fancy. She gets the furs all right, but in ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
... The Wife
... The Husband
Kate Bruce ... The Husband's Mother
... The Salesman
William J. Butler ... The Money Lender
... The Office Clerk
... The Store Deliveryman
Edit

Storyline

Her mother-in-law strenuously objects to her extravagance, and so wifey has to resort to subtle means to get a set of furs that strikes her fancy. She gets the furs all right, but in scheming to get them home, plays her game right into mamma-in-law's hand. To tell more of the story would spoil the surprises pulled off in the comedy. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 May 1912 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Released as a split reel along with the comedy When the Fire-Bells Rang (1912). See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Early Mabel Biograph
16 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

This is an early 1912 Mabel Normand film. However it is not a Keystone short, but from her Biograph Company period.

There is not much of a story here and the naturalistic acting makes it a bit hard to follow. A few more cue cards would have been nice. It is possible some cue cards were lost.

Mabel Normand is the wife of a rather rotund businessman, Dell Henderson. She doesn't get along with her mother Kate Bruce. She steals some money from her hubby to go shopping. Mack Sennett appears briefly as a shop salesman who sells her some furs.

For some reason, she than pawns the furs and gives the pawn ticket to her husband. I think she was trying to play a trick on him and get him to buy the furs for her. Instead, he buys the furs back, but only gives her a skimpy little one. He gives the good furs to his mother. Mabel gets angry when she finds that her trick hasn't worked and mommy has ended up with the furs.

Mabel is adorable here as usual, but the plot of this 7 minute film is extremely thin. Mack Sennett gets credit for directing it, however it has none of his innovative trademarks. The camera just sits there observing the action in a series of medium shots. This is closer to situation comedy than slapstick.

It is only mildly amusing. There is very little that is funny and very little that is exciting here.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page