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The first New York production of the play opened on 26 Mar 1883. Some scenes of the film were shot in small Michigan towns. The role of "Matilda Jenkins" was played by a man, William ... More Less

The first New York production of the play opened on 26 Mar 1883. Some scenes of the film were shot in small Michigan towns. The role of "Matilda Jenkins" was played by a man, William Castelet. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EssN
31 Jul 1915.
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Motog
14 Aug 15
p. 307, 334
MPN
31 Jul 15
p. 53.
MPN
27 Feb 15
p. 1297, 1339
MPW
29 May 15
p. 1448.
MPW
7 Aug 15
p. 1014.
MPW
14 Aug 15
p. 1234.
NYDM
11 Aug 15
p. 28.
CAST
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PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play A Bunch of Keys by Charles Hale Hoyt (publication undetermined, 1882).
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 August 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
21 July 1915
Copyright Number:
LP5893
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Cousins Rose, May, and Teddy Keys quarrel over ownership of an hotel inherited from their uncle. Littleton Snaggs, an unscrupulous old lawyer, arrives to settle the claim after he learns that widow Matilda Jenkins, whom he is courting, has lost her fortune. He tells the Keys that, according to the will, the property belongs to the one declared the homeliest by the next drummer who enters the hotel. After Snaggs courts tomboy Teddy, who he thinks is the ugliest, her suitor, Jonas Grimes, suspects Snaggs and urges the girls to get the copy of the will in the hotel safe. Rose and May disguise themselves as foreign women, while Teddy, dressed as a drummer, is bribed by Snaggs (who does not recognize her) to choose herself as the homeliest. After Matilda, clad in masculine attire, arrives seeking revenge against Snaggs, the safe is blown up. Teddy discovers that the will states that the property may be divided equally. After a battle during which all identities are revealed, Matilda drags Snaggs away, and the cousins resolve to manage the hotel ... +


Cousins Rose, May, and Teddy Keys quarrel over ownership of an hotel inherited from their uncle. Littleton Snaggs, an unscrupulous old lawyer, arrives to settle the claim after he learns that widow Matilda Jenkins, whom he is courting, has lost her fortune. He tells the Keys that, according to the will, the property belongs to the one declared the homeliest by the next drummer who enters the hotel. After Snaggs courts tomboy Teddy, who he thinks is the ugliest, her suitor, Jonas Grimes, suspects Snaggs and urges the girls to get the copy of the will in the hotel safe. Rose and May disguise themselves as foreign women, while Teddy, dressed as a drummer, is bribed by Snaggs (who does not recognize her) to choose herself as the homeliest. After Matilda, clad in masculine attire, arrives seeking revenge against Snaggs, the safe is blown up. Teddy discovers that the will states that the property may be divided equally. After a battle during which all identities are revealed, Matilda drags Snaggs away, and the cousins resolve to manage the hotel jointly. +

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Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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