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How a French Nobleman Got a Wife Through the New York Herald Personal Columns

Film Review by Dean Duncan May 28, 2015

An American course comique, utilizing famous landmarks (Grant’s tomb) and real rural locations instead of the streets and flats of the more familiar Pathé films. Is that a general pattern, or is this just a one off? That’s what scholarship is for!

Whether its typical or anomalous, this structure is the same as in those French films. If you can call it a structure, that is. Having established this Seven Chances situation—too many ladies answer a nobleman’s wedding advert—the perpetrators just do the same shot over and over again. Everyone runs out of the background and past the camera, then out of another background and past the camera again. Pretty boring, eventually, but the conclusion is actually very nice. There’s one lady who is willing to go the extra mile, to dispense with her dignity altogether. She chases him right into that water. That’s the resolution, but in addition there’s the charming prospect of all of these typically/over-dressed ladies being very good sports as they run and occasionally stumble all over the place. Culture imposes limitations, and fashion forces decorum, but people are always people. Also, apparently, pirated from a Biograph film. Ah, Edison…