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The Pickpocket (1913)

When Patrick McQuire returns home one night he finds that his suffragette wife has left nothing for him but a cold supper, so he decides to get "square" with her. A day or two later McQuire... See full summary »

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George D. Baker
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John Bunny ... Patrick McQuire
Flora Finch ... Patrick's Suffragette Wife
Charles Eldridge ... Bob - Patrick's Friend
Frank Mason Frank Mason ... 1st Policeman
Joseph Baker Joseph Baker ... 2nd Policeman
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When Patrick McQuire returns home one night he finds that his suffragette wife has left nothing for him but a cold supper, so he decides to get "square" with her. A day or two later McQuire gets two theater tickets, which he leaves on his desk. During his absence from the office, his wife comes in, finds the tickets, extracts them and in their place she puts two pieces of paper the size of the tickets, thinking that her husband will not look into the envelope before he arrives at the theater. But Patrick has seen everything, he having quietly opened the door. A few minutes later he comes in as though he had seen nothing and gives his wife the ten dollars she asks for. When she has left, McQuire tells his friend what has happened and he buys two more tickets, telling the ticket taker to look out for the stolen tickets and to have the bearer of them arrested. Soon Mrs. McQuire arrives and she is arrested. When the show is over, McQuire goes to the station house where his wife is, and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1913 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Women May Want Votes, But Men Want Dinner
3 July 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

John Bunny comes home, hoping for a hot dinner. However, Flora Finch is out at a suffragette meeting and so her husband gets heartburn. He decides to teach her a lesson in this short Vitagraph comedy.

Fat John Bunny, often teamed with skinny Flora Finch, was the leading American comedy star before Charley Chaplin showed up. This is one of his typical efforts, in which the comedy on offer takes the form of a practical joke. Because it involves Bunny using the Old Boys Network to play a joke on his wife, it won't play particularly well with a modern audience. Given that there would be another Bunny movie out in a week or so, it probably did not have much of an impact at the time.

If you wish to see it for yourself, a good copy can be found on the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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