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Mr. Hobb's secretary and Mrs. Hobb's maid are sweethearts, but Mr. Hobbs has a tender feeling for his wife's maid, while Mrs. Hobbs forms a liking for Hobbs' secretary. Both are fired for ... See full summary »

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Mack Sennett

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George E. Glaser (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Edward Dillon ... The Secretary
Vivian Prescott ... The Maid
Fred Mace ... Mr. Hobbs
Kate Bruce ... Mrs. Hobbs
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Beaudine ... Man in Park
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Mr. Hobb's secretary and Mrs. Hobb's maid are sweethearts, but Mr. Hobbs has a tender feeling for his wife's maid, while Mrs. Hobbs forms a liking for Hobbs' secretary. Both are fired for an offense of which they are quite innocent, and while strolling in the park taking pictures with a Kodak, they hit upon a scheme which secures for them a reinstatement in their former positions, but not for long. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1912 (USA) See more »

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Biograph Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the comedy Pants and Pansies (1912). See more »

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Ain't blackmail funny?
9 September 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This Mack Sennett directed film is pretty good but it's VERY rushed--mostly because films were very, very brief back around 1912.

The film begins with a man getting VERY chummy with the maid and his wife catches them--and fires the maid. Only seconds later, the wife is making her moves on her husband's male secretary. The husband finds out and fires him. A bit later, the two ex-employees concoct a plan--to photograph themselves with their ex-employers in a compromising position and blackmailing them to take them back.

This film could have been funny but instead just seemed really, really too fast and allowed no time for reactions or subtlety. Worse yet, the big confrontation scene at the end happened way too quickly. Overall, an okay film but nothing more.


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