Boobley's Baby (1915)

A man with a baby gets a scarce seat on the streetcar, leaving Mr. Boobley standing. Boobley gets the bright idea to carry a doll with him to be sure of getting a seat.

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Sidney Drew

Writer:

Paul West
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Sidney Drew ... Boobley
Mrs. Sidney Drew ... Ethel - the Stenographer (as Jane Morrow)
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn
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A man with a baby gets a scarce seat on the streetcar, leaving Mr. Boobley standing. Boobley gets the bright idea to carry a doll with him to be sure of getting a seat.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1915 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Sidney Drew Shines in Enjoyable Two Reel Comedy
28 December 2017 | by HarlowMGMSee all my reviews

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew were a celebrated comedic team of the 1910's, he being of the famous theatrical Drew family (and uncle to the legendary Barrymore siblings). Sidney Drew is a fine comedian, perhaps the first of the type of middle-aged man confronted with the perils of daily life. Mrs. Drew (quite a bit younger than him) is a pleasant personality but decidedly a distant second in their team work.

Sidney is tired of never getting a seat on the streetcar while anyone accompanying a child is always guaranteed a seat. He decides to buy a life-sized baby doll and take it with him two and from work. Trouble is the new employee (Mrs. Drew) he has his eye on sees him with his "baby" and is outraged that a married father wants to pursue her. Upset that his scheme has cost him the girl he wants, Drew smacks the doll and takes it to throw in the river - unaware the girl is watching and totally horrified!

The black comedy bits are hilarious and a bit of a surprise for the strait-laced 1910's. A copy of this movie exists at the Library of Congress and another copy (reportedly a better one) was recently discovered in the United Kingdom and is available for purchase on ebay with the proceeds going to charity donation for film preservation for Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum.


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