A Lucky Toothache (1910)

Romantic comedy | 13 October 1910

Director:

Frank Powell

Writer:

Mack Sennett

Production Company:

Biograph Co.
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HISTORY

Filming was done in Westfield, NJ. A Biograph Co. advertisement in the 15 Oct 1910 Film Index cited a film length of 570 feet.
       The 1 Nov 1910 Nickelodeon called A Lucky Toothache: "A bright comedy, entirely free from slap-stick methods and grotesque make-ups. Such a film demonstrates that the motion picture can be made the vehicle of wit, and it is not necessarily confined to burlesque and horseplay, as most of the comic output would lead one to believe." The 29 Oct 1910 Moving Picture World noted, "A good bit of comedy, but it is to be feared that should the toothache cure here indicated become general, all men would turn dentists."
       A Lucky Toothache shared a split-reel with The Masher (1910, see entry). ...

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Filming was done in Westfield, NJ. A Biograph Co. advertisement in the 15 Oct 1910 Film Index cited a film length of 570 feet.
       The 1 Nov 1910 Nickelodeon called A Lucky Toothache: "A bright comedy, entirely free from slap-stick methods and grotesque make-ups. Such a film demonstrates that the motion picture can be made the vehicle of wit, and it is not necessarily confined to burlesque and horseplay, as most of the comic output would lead one to believe." The 29 Oct 1910 Moving Picture World noted, "A good bit of comedy, but it is to be feared that should the toothache cure here indicated become general, all men would turn dentists."
       A Lucky Toothache shared a split-reel with The Masher (1910, see entry).

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
BIOB2
p. 238
BPL
pp. 130-131
EMP
p. 193
Film Index
15 Oct 1910
p. 23, 24
Film Index
29 Oct 1910
p. 32
LCMP
p. 35, column 3
LCPP
p. 62
Moving Picture News
22 Oct 1910
p. 17r
Moving Picture News
3 Dec 1910
p. 25tl
Moving Picture World
15 Oct 1910
p. 882ts, 888tl
Moving Picture World
29 Oct 1910
p. 996tr
Nickelodeon
1 Oct 1910
p. 206
Nickelodeon
1 Nov 1910
p. 251, 269
The Daily Worker
p. 93
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LITERARY
Based on the story Cure for Toothache by George W. Terwilliger.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
13 October 1910
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Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Biograph Co.
14 October 1910
J146453
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
570
Length(in reels):
1/2
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

"The title of this Biograph subject would seem paradoxical, but nevertheless it is true that an affair of the greatest moment came out of this case of toothache. Bessie, the new school teacher, arrives at the little western village, and on her way to the school she meets a gang of cowboys, who having heard of her coming, are spruced up and vie with each other in their attentions towards her. Tom, the 'boob,' is always frozen out, but manages to land eventually. Boxes of candy and other little offerings are bestowed, until the girl is seized with a jumping toothache. Each one suggests a cure, but without success. The boys depart, grief stricken at their inability to relieve her suffering. Tom now appears and offers a cure. He leaves her a note stating if she will submit to his treatment, he will guarantee to cure her toothache. She is in such agony that she is inclined to submit to anything, and so, though not knowing what the cure may be, consents. After great preliminaries, Tom administers a resounding kiss upon her cheek. Fury! Bessie goes 'up in the air good and proper,' and is in such a rage that Tom thinks it best to 'beat it.' Calling the boys, Bessie tells them of Tom's act. The boys agree that he must suffer for the insult. Bessie tells them they must hang him. Upon this command, they pursue and capture Tom and, placing a rope about his neck, pretend to be about to dispatch him, when Tom begs that Bessie be sent for. When she arrives, Tom insists that at her consent he did only what he promised to ...

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"The title of this Biograph subject would seem paradoxical, but nevertheless it is true that an affair of the greatest moment came out of this case of toothache. Bessie, the new school teacher, arrives at the little western village, and on her way to the school she meets a gang of cowboys, who having heard of her coming, are spruced up and vie with each other in their attentions towards her. Tom, the 'boob,' is always frozen out, but manages to land eventually. Boxes of candy and other little offerings are bestowed, until the girl is seized with a jumping toothache. Each one suggests a cure, but without success. The boys depart, grief stricken at their inability to relieve her suffering. Tom now appears and offers a cure. He leaves her a note stating if she will submit to his treatment, he will guarantee to cure her toothache. She is in such agony that she is inclined to submit to anything, and so, though not knowing what the cure may be, consents. After great preliminaries, Tom administers a resounding kiss upon her cheek. Fury! Bessie goes 'up in the air good and proper,' and is in such a rage that Tom thinks it best to 'beat it.' Calling the boys, Bessie tells them of Tom's act. The boys agree that he must suffer for the insult. Bessie tells them they must hang him. Upon this command, they pursue and capture Tom and, placing a rope about his neck, pretend to be about to dispatch him, when Tom begs that Bessie be sent for. When she arrives, Tom insists that at her consent he did only what he promised to do in the note. The note is read, and the question put by the boys, 'Well, is your toothache gone?' Bessie—'Yes.' Boys—'Well, what are you complaining about?' So they have Tom and Bessie to settle the matter, which they do quite amicably, and the bells are to ring out soon.”—15 Oct 1910 Moving Picture World

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