Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Thirty Days at Hard Labor - 1912
Country: United States
Director: Oscar Apfel
Writer: O. Henry (story)
Stars: Robert Brower, Mary Fuller and Harold M. Shaw
Release Date: 9 January 1912 (USA)
Production Co: Edison Company
Runtime: 16 min
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Genres: Short | Comedy
Jack and Beatrice meet and fall in love, but Beatrice's father objects, because Jack's family is wealthy, and Jack has never had to work for a living. He makes Jack sign an agreement that he will make a living with his own hands for thirty days, to prove himself, before he sees Beatrice again. Jack's first attempts at manual labor are failures, but he finally finds an unusual job at a restaurant that gives him hope of fulfilling the agreement.
A copy of this film survives at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) (Video) - The entire film is included on the DVD