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The Borrowed Flat (1911)

Percy and Bobby are companions. Percy is in debt and Bobby is in love. Percy enters. Crowd outside have been hooting him. He cannot understand why until he gazes at the calendar and sees it... See full summary »
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J. Warren Kerrigan ... Percy Pigeon
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Percy and Bobby are companions. Percy is in debt and Bobby is in love. Percy enters. Crowd outside have been hooting him. He cannot understand why until he gazes at the calendar and sees it is the first day of April. He looks and finds a "Please Kick Me" sign on his back. He is down and out. The janitor hands him a letter from his aunt, the contents telling him that she would not forget him in her will. Percy is overjoyed at the news, looks around the room and decides it would never do for aunt to see some of its contents. See the pictures of two women very much decolette. He decides to change them. He takes them down and reverses them. Getting a paint brush, he writes on the back of one, "What Is Home Without an Aunt?" And on the opposite one, "Love Your Relations." Percy hears someone at the door, goes hurriedly to meet his aunt, throwing his arms around Bobby instead. Bobby wants the use of Percy's room to meet his fiancee in. Percy gives consent, and Bobby writes a note to his ... Written by The Nickelodeon, January 7, 1911

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Comedy | Short

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USA

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English

Release Date:

12 January 1911 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the comedy Lucy's Lover (1911). See more »

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Dated silent comedy short
10 February 2017 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE BORROWED FLAT is an April Fool's Day comedy from 1911. Unsurprisingly the humour hasn't dated too well in the century-plus since the film was released and that's from someone with a great love of the type of comedy that the superstars of the genre were making in the 1920s.

The action is set in the titular flat where a couple of characters are pulling pranks on each other. It's very dated and tiresome, loaded with the usual mistaken identity stuff, and a far cry from the kind of slapstick-orientated stuff that Charlie Chaplin would bring in just a few years later.


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