Her First Kiss (1919)

A good for nothing hired hand and kitchen girl are fired by a farmer after scandalously being caught together in her bedroom. Just as they leave, a telegram comes telling of her inheriting ... See full summary »

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Frank Griffin (as Frank C. Griffin)
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Cast

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Slim Summerville ... Chester Hardy
Ethel Teare ... Minnie Spuds
Harry Booker Harry Booker ... Minnie's Flat-Headed Father
Laura La Varnie Laura La Varnie ... Minnie's Hard-Headed Mother
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A good for nothing hired hand and kitchen girl are fired by a farmer after scandalously being caught together in her bedroom. Just as they leave, a telegram comes telling of her inheriting a department store, which the hand tricks her into signing over to him. The Farmer and his wife also find out, and all meet at the store to wreak havoc throughout. Written by WesternOne

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1919 (USA) See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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They Work Hard for the Money, But Not The Characters
26 October 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Slim Summerville seduces and abandons farm girl Ethel Teare, but not before he gets her to sign over the deed to her late uncle's department store in this engaging Fox Sunshine Comedy.

There aren't many Fox Sunshine comedies surviving, but those that are still around show ample budgets and lots of talent. This one is no exception. It is filled with set-piece mechanical gags, pretty girls in brief costumes and good comics doing typical slapstick gags well. Slim Summerville is fine as usual; Ethel Teare, playing the farm girl like Louise Fazenda, is good and a bit of a revelation, since I am familiar with her only as the least obnoxious regular in the Ham & Bud comedies from Kalem. The supporting comics seem a bit more perfunctory in their standard roles.

Although I have issues with the film's presentation on the National Film Preservation Foundation's website -- they seem to project these films so slow that they show strobing -- this is probably the best preserved Fox Sunshine comedy I have ever seem with a great start and finish. If it sags a bit in the middle under its familiar plot and physical gags, it offers some revealing glimpses into what is a rarely seen comedy short studio.


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