Friday, August 12, 2011

Daddy's Double - 1910

Daddy's Double: One reel of 960 feet, April 5, 1910.
A one-reel crime drama with crooks, ruses, kidnapping, escape, and a twist, all wrapped in a coherent narrative.
Print source: British Film Institute, 15 minutes 42 seconds. Scenario by Lloyd F. Lonergan. Photographed by Blair Smith. Cast: Frank H. Crane (Daddy), Fred Santley (Daddy’s double), Isabelle Daintry. Music by Raymond A. Brubache​people/​Rayb.htm
This deft comedy about a foiled elopement and assumed identity shows the importance of a carefully worked out scenario for narrative flow. The rule at many other comedy-producing studios was that gags drove the film and story line was incidental. With the talent of Lloyd Lonergan, it was the other way around at Thanhouser from the very beginning. Daddy’s Double was the fourth release by the new studio.
Some minor camera tilting in the ladder scene, minor panning as necessary, and minor cross-cutting hint at the stylistic revolutions to come in the next few years.

For futher information on films by Thanhouser, visit the site above. Let’s keep memories of this great studio alive.

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