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The U.S. Library of Congress catalog gives the following description: “A father, annoyed with the suitor (Billy Quirk) his daughter (Mary Pickford) has chosen, hires a detective agency to prove he is no good, and the detective agency employs the suitor as the investigator. He dresses as a woman and keeps the young lady under scrutiny. While he is supposed to be working, he continues wooing the daughter. The two elope, and the last scene takes place in a hotel room where a minister conducts the marriage ceremony with Quirk still dressed as a woman while waitresses hold the door closed against the outraged father.”
       The 19 Feb 1910 Moving Picture World ran the following review: “A story which is more amusing than some funny pictures which are offered. The mix-up in the love affairs is funny. When the father sends for a woman to watch his daughter, the detective agency sends the lover made up in woman’s clothes, and then the fun begins, culminating when the father proposes eloping with the pretty detective. The marriage ceremony is performed, and the father, realizing his own embarrassing predicament, gives his blessing, and Cupid once more is vindicated.”
       Interiors were filmed at the Biograph studio at 11 East 14th Street in New York City.
       An advertisement in the 5 Feb 1910 Moving Picture World billed this film as “A Story of Love’s ... More Less

The U.S. Library of Congress catalog gives the following description: “A father, annoyed with the suitor (Billy Quirk) his daughter (Mary Pickford) has chosen, hires a detective agency to prove he is no good, and the detective agency employs the suitor as the investigator. He dresses as a woman and keeps the young lady under scrutiny. While he is supposed to be working, he continues wooing the daughter. The two elope, and the last scene takes place in a hotel room where a minister conducts the marriage ceremony with Quirk still dressed as a woman while waitresses hold the door closed against the outraged father.”
       The 19 Feb 1910 Moving Picture World ran the following review: “A story which is more amusing than some funny pictures which are offered. The mix-up in the love affairs is funny. When the father sends for a woman to watch his daughter, the detective agency sends the lover made up in woman’s clothes, and then the fun begins, culminating when the father proposes eloping with the pretty detective. The marriage ceremony is performed, and the father, realizing his own embarrassing predicament, gives his blessing, and Cupid once more is vindicated.”
       Interiors were filmed at the Biograph studio at 11 East 14th Street in New York City.
       An advertisement in the 5 Feb 1910 Moving Picture World billed this film as “A Story of Love’s Stratagem.”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
BIOB2
p. 165.
BPL
pp. 122-123.
EMP
p. 369.
LCMP
p. 68, column 2.
LCPP
p. 112.
Moving Picture News
12 Feb 1910
p. 15tl.
Moving Picture World
5 Feb 1910
p. 178ta, 179ts, 187tl, 188tl.
Moving Picture World
19 Feb 1910
p. 257tr.
The Daily Worker
p. 72.
Variety
12 Feb 1910
tr.
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 February 1910
Copyright Claimant:
Biograph Co.
Copyright Date:
5 February 1910
Copyright Number:
J138028
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
988
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

“Love will always find a way, and though conditions may seem desperate and obstacles unsurmountable, still Master Cupid and Dame Fate will conspire to bring together two hearts if they, in turn, have the audacious daring to hearken to their suggestions, for their slogan is ‘Faint heart ne’er won fair lady.’ The plan evolved in this Biograph story is most unique. Harry Townsend, a young stock broker, is in love with the pretty daughter of James Petersby, a Wall Street magnate, and as Harry is a very promising young fellow, he gives his consent to the match. Harry, however, is hard hit by the panic, and loses practically all. This changes the color of things and the young lover is forbidden the wealthy man’s house. Despairing, he goes to look for employment, and in answer to the ‘ad’ of a detective agency, he finds the chief an old friend of his, hence he gets the job. He then goes to see his sweetheart to inform her of his success, but the father catches him and puts him out, suspecting they are planning to elope. Petersby then writes a letter to the Mellon Detective Agency to send to his house a reliable strong woman as guard and companion for his daughter whom he suspects is bent on eloping. This happens to be the agency with which Harry has connected and he prevails upon the chief to be allowed the assignment. He then procures the wardrobe and shaving off his moustache appears at the Petersby mansion the most attractive looking damsel you would meet in a day’s journey. Now Mary is rebellious and the fact of being watched is extremely repugnant, ... +


“Love will always find a way, and though conditions may seem desperate and obstacles unsurmountable, still Master Cupid and Dame Fate will conspire to bring together two hearts if they, in turn, have the audacious daring to hearken to their suggestions, for their slogan is ‘Faint heart ne’er won fair lady.’ The plan evolved in this Biograph story is most unique. Harry Townsend, a young stock broker, is in love with the pretty daughter of James Petersby, a Wall Street magnate, and as Harry is a very promising young fellow, he gives his consent to the match. Harry, however, is hard hit by the panic, and loses practically all. This changes the color of things and the young lover is forbidden the wealthy man’s house. Despairing, he goes to look for employment, and in answer to the ‘ad’ of a detective agency, he finds the chief an old friend of his, hence he gets the job. He then goes to see his sweetheart to inform her of his success, but the father catches him and puts him out, suspecting they are planning to elope. Petersby then writes a letter to the Mellon Detective Agency to send to his house a reliable strong woman as guard and companion for his daughter whom he suspects is bent on eloping. This happens to be the agency with which Harry has connected and he prevails upon the chief to be allowed the assignment. He then procures the wardrobe and shaving off his moustache appears at the Petersby mansion the most attractive looking damsel you would meet in a day’s journey. Now Mary is rebellious and the fact of being watched is extremely repugnant, so she avows that no woman shall watch over her, but she cannot help herself for she cannot stir without having the lady from Mellon’s at her side. That she hasn’t recognized her is due to the fact that she has never looked at her, her aversion being so intense. Finally she bursts into tears of anger and then Harry discloses his identity. They, however, carry on the little farce, and the father becomes quite smitten with the fair stranger. Besides flirting with him he gives out valuable stock tips, which Harry makes good use of and recoups his fortune. Thus far, everything goes well, but the old gent is getting serious and suggests that they elope. ‘Good Heavens!’ so Harry exclaims to Mary, ‘Hurry up! If you don’t elope with me, your father will.’ So away they go, just as papa enters ready to fly with the fair charmer. Learning of their departure, he follows and traces them to Harry’s rooms where he is prevented from entering while the marriage ceremony of his daughter and her lover is performed. There is nothing left but to make the best of it, which he does, realizing what a fool he has made of himself, and this is the only means of relieving his own embarrassment.”—5 Feb 1910 Moving Picture World +

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