A Lesson in Mechanics (1914)

Ruth Wilson, daughter of a wealthy landowner, receives a visit from her country sweetheart, Joe Merriam. who is a motorboat enthusiast. Unknown to anyone but her brother Frank, Ruth is an ... See full summary »

Director:

Christy Cabanne

Writer:

Anita Loos (scenario)
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Dorothy Gish ... Ruth Wilson
Robert Harron ... Joe Merriam
Donald Crisp
Kate Bruce
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Ruth Wilson, daughter of a wealthy landowner, receives a visit from her country sweetheart, Joe Merriam. who is a motorboat enthusiast. Unknown to anyone but her brother Frank, Ruth is an expert at fixing auto and motorboat engines as the estate is on the bay and Ruth has the use of two launches. With Joe she goes for a boat ride but the engine breaks down and he is unable to fix it, and afraid that it would lower his opinion of her if she should repair the engine, she lets him call another boat to tow them back to the wharf. Merriam, while in love with Ruth, cannot bring himself to propose, fearing that she would be too ornamental for a farmer's wife, and half of his visit passes while he attempts to make up his mind. Finally, the last day of his visit arrives and he is still undecided. At the request of Ruth's father she and Joe take the launch across the bay to bring back the money for the servants' pay roll. While Joe is at the bank, Ruth remains at the town wharf and is accosted ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1914 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A good humorous turn
13 January 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A country boy strikes oil on the farm and goes to the city. He wears a pair of tight patent leather shoes which afford some good comedy situations. Later, when his auto stalls, the girl's mechanical ingenuity saves them from some drunken ruffians. Also he learns that she doesn't mind getting her hands and face dirty. Robert Harron and Dorothy Gish are the young couple. A light plot, finely photographed and with a good humorous turn. - The Moving Picture World, September 5, 1914


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