Captain Jenks' Dilemma (1912)

Mrs. Brown, who is a widow, finds it a rather difficult matter to clothe and feed her large family of children, so when she becomes acquainted on the beach with Captain Jenks she is not ... See full summary »

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W.A. Tremayne (story)
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John Bunny ... Captain Jenks
Julia Swayne Gordon ... Mrs. Brown - a Widow
Charles Eldridge ... Sir Brian Squills
Kenneth Casey ... One of Widow Brown's Children
Dolores Costello ... One of Widow Brown's Children
Helene Costello ... One of Widow Brown's Children
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Mrs. Brown, who is a widow, finds it a rather difficult matter to clothe and feed her large family of children, so when she becomes acquainted on the beach with Captain Jenks she is not slow in inviting him to her house. That evening the Captain calls with an engagement ring. He asks the widow to become his wife, but just as he is accepted Mrs. Brown's numerous offspring come running into the room. Upon being told that they are her children the Captain nearly faints and does not know how to break the engagement. He consults his friend Squills, who tells him to borrow a number of the children from the neighborhood and call upon Mrs. Brown, saying that they are his. He follows the idea to the letter and Mrs. Brown is surprised. The children not only fight with one another, but tear up the place, whereupon Mrs. Brown gives back to Jenks his ring. He leaves the widow in a joyful mood, thanks to his friend Squills. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1912 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Survives in the Library of Congress; listed as Captain Jack's Dilemma. See more »

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Bunny is always a host in himself
23 July 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A Bunnygraph comedy. The situation is not wholly fresh nor very strong; but Bunny plays the part of Captain Jenks, an old sea captain who fell in love with a widow. Bunny is always a host in himself in such a comedy and, in this instance, the audience enjoyed his presence and acting very much. The captain was lonesome and proposed to a widow; he was astonished to learn that she had five children. This was his dilemma. He had a friend, a very old sea captain, who gave him advice on the situation. He advised him to tell the widow that he had eight children. She said, "The more the merrier." The old salt then advised picking out eight likely newsboys. This he did and took them to see the widow. Before they had been there long, the distracted woman gave him back his ring. It is well photographed and put on and is a picture of merit, although it falls somewhat below being a masterpiece. - The Moving Picture World, January 20, 1912


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