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A Fool and His Money (1912)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 11 October 1912 (USA)
Sam the white-washer pines for the affluent Lindy, but she has dumped him in favor of another. Sam finds a large sum of money, and goes to New York to enjoy a shopping spree, buying new ... See full summary »


Alice Guy


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James Russell James Russell ... Sam Jones


Sam the white-washer pines for the affluent Lindy, but she has dumped him in favor of another. Sam finds a large sum of money, and goes to New York to enjoy a shopping spree, buying new clothes, jewelry and a car with a driver. Back home, Lindy flips for Sam and his newfound wealth, and dumps the rival. Sam throws an engagement party where he indulges in a friendly game of cards with his former rival and another man, who unbeknownst to Sam, is a card shark. Sam loses his bankroll, jewels, clothes and car in short order, Lindy runs off with the card shark, and Sam resigns himself once again to a life of white-washing. Written by David N. Lewis <uncledavelewis@hotmail.com>

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11 October 1912 (USA) See more »

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Darktown Aristocrats See more »

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Solax Film Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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It is believed to be the first film ever made with an all-black cast. See more »

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Putting It Together
9 June 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Alice Guy -- she is usually called Alice Guy-Blaché, even though her career pre- and post-dated her marriage to Herbert Blaché -- was, arguably, the first movie director, even if no one thought to call it that for a dozen years after she first took the job. She came to the US about 1910 to open an American branch, stayed to direct for her own company and prospered for a few years until her career petered out. This wasn't because she was a woman, but simply that technique continued to advance so rapidly that no one could stand the pace for more than about twenty years, until the Studio system made the job more manageable.

Along the way she directed this comedy, arguably the first with an all-Black (or Afro-American or whatever phrase you wish to use) cast. It is a well-performed comedy for the era. As all of Alice Guy's movies are, it is subtly played, although being a comedy, there are a few ridiculous touches -- the men wear boutonnières the size of sunflowers. It concerns the profligate ways of Sam Jones, played by James Russell, who finds a billfold with a lot of money, and runs through it in short order.

A nicely done effort for the era. If all you have seen from this period is D.W. Griffith, give this a try and see if it is interesting.

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