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A Short Life and a Merry One (1913)

A ragged tramp, wandering about the countryside came upon a scarecrow in a cornfield. "That's the sort of job I'd like to have," he remarked enviously, "Just stand still all day, and look ... See full summary »

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... (as Frank Lyon)
Gertrude Ryan
Marion Weeks
Edwin Clarke
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A ragged tramp, wandering about the countryside came upon a scarecrow in a cornfield. "That's the sort of job I'd like to have," he remarked enviously, "Just stand still all day, and look ugly at the crows." After which lofty observation, the tramp threw himself down and fell asleep. A mischievous imp, hearing the tramp's words, decided to take him seriously. Accordingly he brought the scarecrow to life and put the tramp in his place. He gave the astonished scarecrow his magic wand, told him that he could bring inanimate objects to life or restore them to their original condition at will with it, and warned him that his life would cease when the wand left his hand. The delighted scarecrow immediately set out for the city. Coming across another scarecrow on the way, he touched him with the wand, and brought him to life. A little later, he animated the dummy in front of a clothing store. The two scarecrows and the dummy were simultaneously struck with the charm of a beautiful young lady... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A Fantastic Farce

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Short | Comedy

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6 October 1913 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the documentary Birds of the Southern Sea Coast (1913). See more »

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A clever piece of work for the most part
2 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

A fantastic farce produced by Charles France. An imp makes a tramp change places with a scarecrow who is permitted to roam about changing other scarecrows into living beings and having merry times with them so long as he keeps the magic wand in his hand. It is a clever piece of work for the most part and is well acted, fresh enough to please and will make a good light offering. - The Moving Picture World, October 18, 1913


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