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HISTORY

Exteriors of this film were shot at May Irwin's summer home in the Thousand Islands, NY. Irwin, the most famous stage comedienne in America at the turn of the century, also appeared in the Broadway production of the play. Although some reviews call this Irwin's film debut, she previously appeared in the famous Edison short The Kiss in 1896 with John C. Rice, her co-star in the theatrical production of The Widow Jones from which the scene was ... More Less

Exteriors of this film were shot at May Irwin's summer home in the Thousand Islands, NY. Irwin, the most famous stage comedienne in America at the turn of the century, also appeared in the Broadway production of the play. Although some reviews call this Irwin's film debut, she previously appeared in the famous Edison short The Kiss in 1896 with John C. Rice, her co-star in the theatrical production of The Widow Jones from which the scene was taken. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
28 Nov 14
p. 736.
Motog
5 Dec 14
p. 795.
Motog
12 Dec 14
pp. 808-09.
MPN
28 Nov 14
p. 1294.
MPW
12 Dec 14
p. 1533.
NYDM
2 Dec 14
p. 28.
Variety
18 Dec 14
pp. 25-26.
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 November 1914
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The very gullible Professor Newton Black is led to believe that his new wife, a former widow, is the twenty-nine-year-old mother of a small boy. In reality, the corpulent Mrs. Black is forty, and her grown son Jack is a ne'er-do-well. Mrs. Black's life is further complicated by the financial demands of Tom Larkey, her physical fitness instructor, under whose tutelage she attempted to lose weight but instead gained ten pounds. Her pretense is nearly shattered by the arrival of Jack, for whom Professor Black has purchased a large variety of toys, and his creditor. Still hoping to delude her husband, Mrs. Black dresses Jack in feminine attire, blackens his face, and installs him as her cook. In this guise, Jack encounters his sweetheart, Priscilla Black, the professor's daughter by a previous marriage. After confessing to her husband, Mrs. Black drives away, only to be involved in an automobile accident. She then returns to her husband and son who both assure her of their ... +


The very gullible Professor Newton Black is led to believe that his new wife, a former widow, is the twenty-nine-year-old mother of a small boy. In reality, the corpulent Mrs. Black is forty, and her grown son Jack is a ne'er-do-well. Mrs. Black's life is further complicated by the financial demands of Tom Larkey, her physical fitness instructor, under whose tutelage she attempted to lose weight but instead gained ten pounds. Her pretense is nearly shattered by the arrival of Jack, for whom Professor Black has purchased a large variety of toys, and his creditor. Still hoping to delude her husband, Mrs. Black dresses Jack in feminine attire, blackens his face, and installs him as her cook. In this guise, Jack encounters his sweetheart, Priscilla Black, the professor's daughter by a previous marriage. After confessing to her husband, Mrs. Black drives away, only to be involved in an automobile accident. She then returns to her husband and son who both assure her of their love. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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