Fleeing from the Fleas (1914)

Brown and Jones, who both love Clementine, are invited to a dance at the girl's home. Both men hire dress suits. While Jones is shaving, his dog hops on the chair containing the dress ... See full summary »

Director:

Marshall Neilan

Writer:

Paul Arlington (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ruth Roland ... Clementine White
Marshall Neilan ... Brown - a Suitor
John E. Brennan ... Jones - a Suitor
Freddie Fralick Freddie Fralick ... Mr. White - Clementine's Father (as H. Fraleigh)
Laura Oakley ... Mrs. White - Clementine's Mother
Victor Rodman Victor Rodman ... Chief of Police Schnitzel (as Victor Rottman)
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Brown and Jones, who both love Clementine, are invited to a dance at the girl's home. Both men hire dress suits. While Jones is shaving, his dog hops on the chair containing the dress trousers and industriously searches for fleas. The fleas get in their fine work while Jones is dancing with Clementine. The girl views his antics with amazement. The suitor finally steals out to the balcony where he removes his trousers in his search for the pests. At the same instant, Brown's trousers rip and he hastens out into the garden. He sees his rival's trousers drop from the balcony railing and steals them despite Jones' pleas. Donning the trousers, the man returns to the ballroom. Jones hides in a clothes closet, but is discovered by Clementine's father. The man chases him. The police, summoned, arrive upon the scene mounted on skates. Meanwhile, retribution overtakes Brown who squirms and wriggles in an effort to combat the fleas. Jones tumbles into a fountain and is captured. He tells his ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1914 (USA) See more »

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Kalem Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the documentary Trooping the Colors (1914). See more »

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A boisterous comedy
2 November 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A boisterous comedy the plot of which is quite original and which contains a love episode. The misadventures of the rivals' hired dress suits and a dog, not saying anything of a mess of fleas, furnish the comedy. The usual chase occurs, with police mounted on skates. - The Moving Picture World, July 18, 1914


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