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Two AM; or, The Husband's Return (1896)

Husband comes home late and wakes the wife.

Director:

Robert W. Paul

Writer:

Paul Clerget (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Clerget Paul Clerget ... The Husband
Miss Ross-Selwicke Miss Ross-Selwicke ... The Wife
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Storyline

This brief comic vignette was described in R.W. Paul's catalog as "Comic scene by Mons. Paul Clerget and Miss Ross Selwicke, representing the husband's return", and the time reference in the title tells us all we need to know. It's a study in often quite risque body language, with the husband clearly the worse for drink, and the wife determined both to remonstrate with him and to get him undressed and into bed as quickly as possible.

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

August 1896 (UK) See more »

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Robert W. Paul See more »
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Silent
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Ethel Ross-Selwicke was a popular English music-hall performer, specializing in light comedy and operetta. She also had some reputation as a dancer, making her ideally suited for silent comic performances, but this film seems to be her only appearance in front of the camera. See more »

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19 November 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

Robert Paul is a largely forgotten name today, but he was a major pioneer of British cinema, and was quick to grasp the commercial potential of cinema in ways that better known pioneers such as William Friese-Greene were not. He was more of a mechanic than a filmmaker making, with Birt Acres, his own camera on which to shoot films in 1895, and also Britain's first projector, the Animatograph, with which to screen them in 1896. Early in the 20th century he had a custom-made studio built in Muswell Hill.

This isn't one of Paul's better efforts: the lighting is very dull and the images rather blurred. It's a comedy of sorts, based on a popular stage play, in which a rather inebriated husband comes home late at night and tries to get fruity with the missus. Of course she's having none of it. If you watch it and don't like it blame the drunk fella because he wrote the play.


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