Three Boiled Down Fables (1914)

#1: The Household Comedian; #2: Why Essie's Friends Got the Fresh Air; #3: The Prevailing Craze.


George Ade


George Ade (story)


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Cast overview:
Harry Dunkinson ... Husband, Episode #1, The Household Comedian
Gerda Holmes ... Wife, Episode #1, The Household Comedian
Leo White ... Essie's Friend, Episode #2, Why Essie's Friend Got the Fresh Air
Wallace Beery ... Speeding Driver, Episode #3, The Prevailing Craze
Charlotte Mineau ... Passenger, Episode #3, The Prevailing Craze


Harry Dunkinson and Gerda Holmes are the principals in "The Household Comedian," a fable showing how a young lady thought her sweetheart's line of Bunk was clever during their courtship, but after being hooked up for a year, it wasn't quite so funny. She then took a turn at being clever and let him pay $100 a week alimony. "Why Essie's Friend Got the Fresh Air" is so true to life it makes it all the more laughable. Essie's friend is a clerk in a store, but spends most of his time at the 'phone gabbing with Essie. He got terribly sore when customers butted in on his social engagements. His boss got wise and canned him. In "The Prevailing Craze," Wallace Beery and Charlotte Mineau are arrested while going at a mile a minute clip in Beery's car. They jolly the constable along and teach him to dance the latest steps. The result is that he pays them for his lesson instead of fining them. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy







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11 November 1914 (USA) See more »

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Boiled? Should Have Been Pickled in Lemon Ade!
18 January 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

It's three of the George Ade Fables on one reel. In the first, Harry Dunkinson insists on telling jokes, so his wife, Gerda Holmes, decides to divorce him. In the second, Leo White spends so much time with Sue Burton that his employer thinks he should make it his sole job. In the third, Charlotte Mineau tries to teach Wallace Beery how to dance in a town where the speed limit is eight miles an hour.

The stories are fine, if brief, and it's interesting to see Wallace Beery when he was young enough to be skinny. However, for contemporary audiences, the point of these shorts was the lively language that George Ade used. He might refer to Dunkinson as being as funny as the back wheel of an ambulance, or Miss Burton being Leo White's baby doll. At the time, they were new and original and the audience got them. Now the first one seems labored and the second trite. It's no wonder that when I first encountered Mr. Ade, even though he had been dead for only twenty-five years, his language seemed as dead as Napoleon!

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