The Reason Why (1911)

Pedro takes a fresh shave and Hank shines his boots as they were never polished before, because, as may be supposed, there is a woman in the case. The two old partners are rivals for the ... See full summary »

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Gaston Méliès
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William Clifford
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Pedro takes a fresh shave and Hank shines his boots as they were never polished before, because, as may be supposed, there is a woman in the case. The two old partners are rivals for the affections of Marie, a pretty store keeper, and one is ever trying to steal a march on the other. Pedro steals off to the store and buys a pipe, no less than the fortieth one, some excuse being necessary. Hank enters and buys tobacco, although he has enough to last for years. Each day this continues, and each partner believes he has made wonderful progress toward winning the coveted hand. A chance for one to outdo the other is never let go by, and on one occasion Hank thought he saw the chance of a lifetime. Two "drunks" have passed him, taking the direction of the store, and Hank fears for Marie. He follows their course and when they have entered the store, rushes in. But drunken strength is too much for Hank, and before long they have him powerless on the floor and were it not for the arrival of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1911 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Paula, California, USA

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G. Méliès See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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It isn't a very strong picture
3 June 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A comedy of which the last scene, richly human, is worth watching a good deal of rough horse-play to see. Part of the picture is taken up with the rough ejection of two drunken and obstreperous loafers from the village general store. The chief characters are two bunkies, Jack and Slim, and the pretty storekeeper whom both love. As a pretext for going to the store, one is always buying a new pipe, the other always buying a fresh bag of tobacco, until neither can get a good smoke, for one has no pipe, the other no tobacco. They, however, have a rival who carries off the fair one. Then, very disconsolate, they sit on the steps of their porch and make each other presents, one of tobacco, the other of pipes. It isn't a very strong picture. It got some laughs. - The Moving Picture World, December 16, 1911


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