With Neatness and Dispatch (1918)

Comedy | 15 April 1918

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HISTORY

The 23 March 1918 Motion Picture News noted that director Will S. Davis and stars Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne, having just finished The Brass Check, had begun working on Breaking Into Eden, "a screen version of With Neatness and Dispatch, a story by Kenneth L. Roberts." James J. Dunne had returned to Davis' staff for this movie as his assistant director. A month later, the 20 April 1918 issue of the same magazine announced that filming was completed on what was now being called With Neatness and Dispatch.
       Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne made over two dozen movies together, beginning in 1915. They married in 1918 and divorced in 1925.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of February 2021.


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The 23 March 1918 Motion Picture News noted that director Will S. Davis and stars Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne, having just finished The Brass Check, had begun working on Breaking Into Eden, "a screen version of With Neatness and Dispatch, a story by Kenneth L. Roberts." James J. Dunne had returned to Davis' staff for this movie as his assistant director. A month later, the 20 April 1918 issue of the same magazine announced that filming was completed on what was now being called With Neatness and Dispatch.
       Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne made over two dozen movies together, beginning in 1915. They married in 1918 and divorced in 1925.
       The National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) included this film on its list of Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films as of February 2021.


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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
20 Apr 1918
p. 1577, 1606
Exhibitors Trade Review
27 Apr 1918
p. 1689
Motion Picture News
20 Apr 1918
p. 2386
Motion Picture News
23 Mar 1918
p. 1740
Motion Picture News
27 Apr 1918
p. 2526, 2527
Moving Picture World
4 May 1918
p. 745, 746
Moving Picture World
11 May 1918
p. 902
Variety
19 Apr 1918
p. 43
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
BRAND NAME
All-Star Series
All-Star Series
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
William S. Davis
Dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "With Neatness and Dispatch" by Kenneth L. Roberts in The Saturday Evening Post (2 Feb 1918).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Breaking Into Eden
Release Date:
15 April 1918
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro Pictures Corp.
9 April 1918
LP12288
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Mary and Geraldine Ames live with their Aunt Letitia, a man-hater, on a luxurious estate called "Eden." The only men allowed on the grounds are the chauffeur and the gardener, who are actually crooks planning to rob the wealthy old woman. When Aunt Letitia intercepts a note from John Pierce, Mary's secret sweetheart, she locks her niece in her room. Mary's outraged sister Geraldine is sent to New York to engage a servant, but instead asks her friend, Police Commissioner Roger Burgess, to hire a reformed crook who will pose as the servant while helping Mary to escape with John. Paul Donaldson, Burgess' nephew, overhears Geraldine's odd request and, struck by her beauty, asks his uncle if he might masquerade as the crook. "With neatness and dispatch," Paul then frees Mary, captures the real crooks in the act of robbing Aunt Letitia's safe, and wins Geraldine's ...

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Mary and Geraldine Ames live with their Aunt Letitia, a man-hater, on a luxurious estate called "Eden." The only men allowed on the grounds are the chauffeur and the gardener, who are actually crooks planning to rob the wealthy old woman. When Aunt Letitia intercepts a note from John Pierce, Mary's secret sweetheart, she locks her niece in her room. Mary's outraged sister Geraldine is sent to New York to engage a servant, but instead asks her friend, Police Commissioner Roger Burgess, to hire a reformed crook who will pose as the servant while helping Mary to escape with John. Paul Donaldson, Burgess' nephew, overhears Geraldine's odd request and, struck by her beauty, asks his uncle if he might masquerade as the crook. "With neatness and dispatch," Paul then frees Mary, captures the real crooks in the act of robbing Aunt Letitia's safe, and wins Geraldine's heart.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime


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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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