One-Thing-at-A-Time O'Day (1919)

Comedy | 23 June 1919

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HISTORY

According to news items, many scenes in the film were shot with two cameras, the closer shots directed by Webster Cullison and photographed by Eugene Gaudio. Assistant directors Webster Cullison and Fred Warren were ex-circus men, as was Danny Hogan, who was consulted concerning the authenticity of circus properties used in the ... More Less

According to news items, many scenes in the film were shot with two cameras, the closer shots directed by Webster Cullison and photographed by Eugene Gaudio. Assistant directors Webster Cullison and Fred Warren were ex-circus men, as was Danny Hogan, who was consulted concerning the authenticity of circus properties used in the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
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ETR
28 Jun 19
p. 323.
MPN
5 Jul 19
p. 397.
MPW
5 Jul 19
p. 113.
New York Morning Telegraph
4 Oct 1919.
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Wid's
29 Jun 19
p. 15.
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LITERARY
Based on the story "One-Thing-at-a-Time O'Day" by William Dudley Pelley in The Saturday Evening Post (19 May 1917).
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 June 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 June 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13931
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A serious-minded boob named Stradivarious O'Day because his music-loving mother says he "fiddles his time away," acquires his nickname because of his motto of "one thing at a time and that done well." Falling in love when he first sees circus bareback rider Prairie-Flower Marie, O'Day, living off his inheritance, follows the circus until the pestered manager gives him a job cleaning his Ford. With the help of a manual, O'Day learns to drive and secures employment with the circus as a chauffeur. After strong man Gorilla Lawson, who also loves Marie, beats him up, O'Day contacts his friend, boxer Roughneck M'Dool, to teach him to fight. Lawson, frightened by O'Day's daily development, steals the circus receipts and the Ford on the day of their scheduled fight, but O'Day overtakes and whips him. After O'Day weds Marie, he unwittingly goes against his motto when he becomes the father of ... +


A serious-minded boob named Stradivarious O'Day because his music-loving mother says he "fiddles his time away," acquires his nickname because of his motto of "one thing at a time and that done well." Falling in love when he first sees circus bareback rider Prairie-Flower Marie, O'Day, living off his inheritance, follows the circus until the pestered manager gives him a job cleaning his Ford. With the help of a manual, O'Day learns to drive and secures employment with the circus as a chauffeur. After strong man Gorilla Lawson, who also loves Marie, beats him up, O'Day contacts his friend, boxer Roughneck M'Dool, to teach him to fight. Lawson, frightened by O'Day's daily development, steals the circus receipts and the Ford on the day of their scheduled fight, but O'Day overtakes and whips him. After O'Day weds Marie, he unwittingly goes against his motto when he becomes the father of twins. +

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Carnival/Circus


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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