While Wifey Is Away (1914)

A young husband, whose wife goes to the country, tries to arrange an evening with whis poker-playing pals while she's away.

Director:

Fred Huntley

Writer:

Edwin R. Coffin
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Cast

Cast overview:
Harold Lockwood ... Mr. Dodd
Mabel Van Buren ... Mrs. Dodd
Henry Otto ... Mr. Smith
George Hernandez George Hernandez ... Mr. Jones
Philo McCullough ... Dr. Goodsport
Count Alberti Count Alberti ... Mr. Foster
Lillian Hayward ... Mrs. Smith
Lea Errol Lea Errol ... Mrs. Jones
Mrs. J.W. Wade Mrs. J.W. Wade ... Mrs. Foster
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Dodd, elated over his freedom when his wife leaves for a few days' visit with her parents, plans a party for the first evening, and invites his neighbors, Jones and Smith, to a quiet game of poker. They send their respective wives word that they are detained from returning home through the serious illness of their friend, Dodd, and that they are now watching beside him. Both Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Smith grow lonely during the evening and visit. Comparing notes, each finds that her husband is watching at the Dodd bedside. Fearing that the neighbor is very ill, they amble over together to see if they can be of any assistance. Their presence causes much consternation in the card party. Smith and Jones rush poor Dodd upstairs, forcing him into pajamas, whiten his face with powder and then hang over his bed, weeping crocodile tears when the ladies are ushered in. They are at once thrown into wild alarm and call up the doctor. The doctor arrives, and is astonished to find the reported dying ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1914 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the cartoon Doc Yak, the Poultryman (1914). See more »

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A diverting half reel
12 July 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Dodd, wishing to get up a poker game while his wife is away, pretends to be very ill and asks his friends in. The developments of the evening make a diverting half reel subject. This is well acted and nicely pictured. - The Moving Picture World, April 11, 1914


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