Friday, August 12, 2011

Uncle's Namesakes - 1913

Uncle’s Namesakes: One reel, approx. 1,000 feet, released December 12, 1913.
Comedy about twin "boys" who deceive their rich English uncle, with Marion and Madeline Fairbanks ("The Twins").
Print source: British Film Institute, 15 minutes.
Cast: David H. Thompson (Jack, a needy young husband), Lila Chester (May, his wife), Sidney Bracy (Uncle John Henry Carson), Madeline and Marion Fairbanks (the uncle's namesakes), Justus D. Barnes. Original music composed and performed by Ray Burbacher​people/​Rayb.htm.
This story of an American family’s innocent deception to earn money from a rich English relative is about as broad as Thanhouser comedy ever got. The Thanhouser studio avoided slapstick despite the vigorous success the genre was enjoying at other studios. Young movie actresses of the time often portrayed boys, but here the Thanhouser Twins get to make fun of the practice.

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

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