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The Troublesome Step-Daughters (1912)

A widower with four grown daughters remarries and brings his new wife home to meet them. The girls set out to make life as difficult as possible for their new mother.





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Cast overview:
Mr. Burton, Cina's Second Husband
Cina Burton, The Stepmother
The Governess
A Step-Daughter
A Step-Daughter
A Step-Daughter
Edith Halleran ...
A Step-Daughter
A Step-Daughter
An Assistant in the Toy Shop


Mr. Burton, a prominent citizen, blessed with five young motherless daughters, is appointed Consul to China. On his departure they present him with a photograph of themselves in a group. He treasures the picture as his dearest possession. After five year's absence in the Far East, he meets a fascinating widow. He tells her of his charming little girls at home, forgetting that five years' absence has made some difference in their ages and that they are fast approaching womanhood. She immediately becomes interested. Mr. Burton marries the widow and at the end of his term of office, six years, the newly married couple return to America, anxious to meet their little ones at home. The girls are shocked and antagonistic when, they hear that they are to have a step-mother, and determine to show her that they are beyond her espionage and will brook no foreign interference. Mr. and Mrs. Burton purchase all sorts of childish toys for them as souvenirs from abroad, hoping they will amuse them in... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Comedy | Short





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6 July 1912 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Pretty Maids All in a Row
16 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

John Bunny becomes Consul-General to Turkestan and leaves his four little daughters in the care of their nanny, Flora Finch. Half a dozen years later, he returns with his new wife, Julia Swayne Gordon, to discover them grown into Vitagraph starlets in this amusing display of Edwardian pulchritude.

All the ladies are gorgeous -- well, Miss Finch is her usually silly-looking self, but amiable about it. Even the shop girl is who sells Mr. and Mrs. Bunny dolls for what they imagine are the little ones, is Clara Kimball Young. There are ladies wearing elegant fashions and handsome young men in uniform at a ball. In short, it is a comedy for ladies, with a little bit of amusement directed at Mr. Bunny, who wears a most elegant and military-looking mustache.

If you wish to look at this movie, a good copy has been posted on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.

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