The Aspirations of Gerald and Percy (1910)

Gerald and Percy, tiring of the humdrum occupation of clerking in a department store, become interested in dramatic pursuits and aspire to become great emotional actors. In their daily work... See full summary »
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King Baggot ... Gerald
Owen Moore ... Percy
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Gerald and Percy, tiring of the humdrum occupation of clerking in a department store, become interested in dramatic pursuits and aspire to become great emotional actors. In their daily work of waiting upon customers they seek to enliven the hours by interspersing scenes from various dramas with the price and quality of goods, much to the disgust and confusion of the various purchasers. They are in consequence transferred from one department to another, but all to no avail, as they grow wilder and wilder in their demonstrations, until they are finally kicked out of the store. By putting on a terrific front, they are finally engaged by a theatrical manager and appear in part of a performance of a drama, for the audience does not allow them to proceed far, but rising as one man, they hurl everything they can lay their hands on at the heads of the two aspirants. Gerald and Percy are then forcibly ejected from the stage door of the theater. Wandering aimlessly about, the ambitious pair see... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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barrel | theater | army | friend | desertion | See All (6) »

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Comedy | Short

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1910 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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It represents something of the impossible aspirations of a great many young men
8 October 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The Hallroom boys appear in a new role as would-be performers in a theater. After losing their positions in the store they undertake a turn in a theater with exceedingly humorous and disastrous results. The variety and number of the things hurled at them are alike surprising. Their enlistment in the army resulted in desertion for which their old friend Tony suffered until the officials were convinced of his innocence. But he succeeds in obtaining redress from the gay youths and leaves them attired in a barrel. There is a good deal of humor in this film, humor of a kind that goes deeper than the mere surface of things. It represents something of the impossible aspirations of a great many young men, and probably young women, too, in the every-day world of the city. While it looks humorous upon the screen, instances could be cited by almost everyone where certain ones among their acquaintances were possessed with the same ideas. Indeed, the writer heard one woman sitting near him whisper to to her neighbor that the dramatic attempt reminded her of someone whom they both evidently knew. When a thing like that occurs the producer is getting close to the actual life around him and is, therefore, making films which are fetter than the ordinary run of those which are pouring from different studios. - The Moving Picture World, December 17, 1910


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