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The picture was also reviewed under the title Swat the Fly . A Katzenjammer Kids cartoon entitled Swat the Fly was released in May 1918. There are some discrepancies in the plot as described by the ... More Less

The picture was also reviewed under the title Swat the Fly . A Katzenjammer Kids cartoon entitled Swat the Fly was released in May 1918. There are some discrepancies in the plot as described by the reviewers. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
8 Jun 18
p. 44.
ETR
5 Oct 18
p. 1462, 1529
MPN
12 Oct 18
p. 2448.
MPW
15 Nov 18
p. 46, 48
MPW
12 Oct 18
p. 274.
NYDM
12 Oct 18
pp. 552-53.
Variety
1 Nov 18
p. 38.
Wid's
17 Nov 18
p. 22.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Swat the Fly
Release Date:
29 September 1918
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
28 September 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12959
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Andrew Sheldon is so busy perfecting a new explosive for the United States effort in World War I that he fails to realize that his butler, cook, housekeeper and chauffeur are all German spies. His two mischievous daughters, Jane and Katherine, however, make life difficult for the spies by throwing pies at the Kaiser's picture and clipping the butler's long, Prussian-style moustache while he sleeps. When Andrew's wife announces that she is pregnant, he tells the girls that he has written a letter requesting a baby brother for them, whereupon they decide to steal the letter, convinced that two children are enough for their family. Breaking into Andrew's laboratory, they take the "letter," actually the secret formula, but after Andrew reveals that his plans are missing, the butler enters the laboratory and seizes the invention itself. Following an automobile chase and then a battle staged in rowboats on the Hudson River, the butler is apprehended by U.S. agents. Although he is the proud father of a new baby boy, Andrew gratefully blesses the impish little girls who saved his ... +


Andrew Sheldon is so busy perfecting a new explosive for the United States effort in World War I that he fails to realize that his butler, cook, housekeeper and chauffeur are all German spies. His two mischievous daughters, Jane and Katherine, however, make life difficult for the spies by throwing pies at the Kaiser's picture and clipping the butler's long, Prussian-style moustache while he sleeps. When Andrew's wife announces that she is pregnant, he tells the girls that he has written a letter requesting a baby brother for them, whereupon they decide to steal the letter, convinced that two children are enough for their family. Breaking into Andrew's laboratory, they take the "letter," actually the secret formula, but after Andrew reveals that his plans are missing, the butler enters the laboratory and seizes the invention itself. Following an automobile chase and then a battle staged in rowboats on the Hudson River, the butler is apprehended by U.S. agents. Although he is the proud father of a new baby boy, Andrew gratefully blesses the impish little girls who saved his formula. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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