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Stenographer Troubles (1913)

The boss is more or less of a grouch, and very much objects when he detects his pretty stenographer flirting with his young clerks. He comes to the conclusion that he will engage a woman of... See full summary »

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Frederick A. Thomson (as Frederick A. Thompson)
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Bunny ... Mr. Bunny, the Boss
Florence Turner ... The Boss's Wife
Flora Finch ... A Typist
Lillian Walker ... A Typist
Norma Talmadge ... A Typist
Clara Kimball Young ... A Typist
James Morrison ... Office Employee
Tom Powers ... Office Employee
George Cooper ... Office Employee
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The boss is more or less of a grouch, and very much objects when he detects his pretty stenographer flirting with his young clerks. He comes to the conclusion that he will engage a woman of maturer years. He advertises for such a one and he has many applicants. Finally, he selects a scrawny old maid, to whom he gives the job. The next morning, she is ready for service, and while he is dictating to her, she looks sweetly into his face, removes stray ravelings from his coat and occasionally gives him a flirtatious tap and beams lovingly into his face. He is distressed and irritated, but she still goes on as cheerfully as before. The boys enjoy his discomfiture and have hard work suppressing their laughter. The nest day she brings a box of candies which she eats all the while he is dictating. When he shows his displeasure, she very coyly tries to place a candy in his mouth. During this session, the boss's wife comes into the office and seeing the antique typist's familiarity, makes her ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1913 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Office Woes
28 June 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

John Bunny wants a smoothly run office. However, his stenographers are pretty young women who are more interested in chewing gum and flirting with his young clerks than taking business dictation. In desperation, he hires Flora Finch, but while she doesn't flirt with the clerks, she does with Mr. Bunny.

John Bunny was Vitagraph's biggest star and the leading comedy star in America before Charley Chaplin. With his Pickwickian appearance and long stage experience, his antics -- particularly those with Miss Finch -- were enormously popular.

This is a fine example of the situational comedy that his movies offered. It also offers a large sampling of the pretty ingenues that Vitagraph had under contract, including Clara Kimball Young, Norma Talmadge and Lillian Walker. A handsome copy is available for viewing at the Eye Institute site on YouTube.


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