Feature Drama | 1910 | Silent | B/W
Excerpt of an American film "The Matrimaniac" starring Douglas Fairbanks about a young couple, Jim and Mildred, who are intent on marrying despite her father's protests. Jim sets about pursuing his bride, with a Reverend in tow, while her father and a horde of lawmen pursue them both.
00:00:00 Opening credits.
00:00:18 Title: "The Matrimaniac is a story of a fellow who is anxious to get married and has difficulty finding the time and place for the ceremony and every one tries to prevent it"
00:00:30 Title: "The scene opens at the Clergyman's home and we find the Reverend taking a bath … "
00:00:37 A bathroom scene, Reverend Tobias Tubbs is taking a bath in a tub but is initially unseen, only his arms are raised as he squeezes a sponge. Mildred’s father walks down a stairway inside a home towards the camera, Wally Henderson enters the scene at left and the two converse. Exterior scene, Jim jumps over a wooden fence and jumps up and into an open window in a house. Interior of a garage with a Model T Ford, Jim enters the window above the car and jumps into the garage below, walks around the car towards the rear wheel. Close up of the wheel as Jim punctures the tyre with a knife. Wally Henderson and Mildred’s father talk inside the house. Close up of the wheel and punctured tyre of a Model T Ford as the tyre deflates. Jim in the garage punctures the front wheel of the car. Wally Henderson and Mildred’s father talk inside the house. Jim in the garage punctures the front wheel of the car then walks around the car to the left and punctures both the front and back tyres with a knife. Wally Henderson and Mildred’s father talk inside the house. After finishing puncturing all of the tyres on the car in the garage, Jim hoists himself up and out of the window at the top left of the garage. Exterior shot of Jim jumping out of a window of the garage and running out of the scene to the right. Wally Henderson and Mildred’s father talk inside the house. A sunny, outdoors scene, Jim runs in front of a large haystack and pulls out rope ladder then dashes out of the scene to the right. Jim with the rope stops in front of a stone wall, looks around and up, then exits scene to the right. Exterior of a large stone house, Jim with the rope ladder sneaks up to it and stands behind the bushes. Close view of Jim with the rope as he hides the rope in the bush in front of him and whistles upwards. Reverend Tobias Tubbs in the bathtub hears the whistle and sits up. Jim outside the house takes the rope. Wide view of Jim outside the house climbing up a rope ladder against the side of the building. Reverend Tobias Tubbs in the bathtub sits up in the bath looking perplexed. Jim paces impatiently outside of a door at the top of the house. Reverend Tobias Tubbs throws down his sponge and begins to stand up. Jim stands outside a door and Reverend Tobias Tubbs opens the door, wearing a patterned robe.
00:01:49 Title: "If you stop to dress we’ll miss the train!"
00:01:53 Jim takes Reverend Tobias Tubbs's hand. Exterior view of the house, Reverend Tobias Tubbs and Jim walk over the porch to the left. Close up point of view from a car of Reverend Tobias Tubbs and Jim running down the road towards the camera. Wally Henderson and Mildred’s father find the rope ladder outside the house, Wally rushes off camera left while Mildred’s father attempts to climb up the ladder. Jim stands outside the stone building looking up and slightly perplexed. Point of view from the car of Jim and Reverend Tobias Tubbs running along a dirt road at the left. Wally Henderson outside the stone building spots Jim and Reverend Tobias Tubbs running (out of the scene) and rushes to the right out of the scene. Wally Henderson stands at the bottom of the rope ladder and gestures up to the top of the ladder (to Mildred’s father out of the scene). Close view of Mildred’s father standing at the top of the ladder almost on the balcony looking down and gesturing.
00:02:13 Title: "After them - quick! I'll follow in the car!"
00:02:15 Wally Henderson dashes out of the scene in front of the rope ladder to the left. Point of view of Reverend Tobias Tubbs and Jim running along a path. A quick scene of Mildred’s father rushing across a bedroom. Wally Henderson rushes towards the camera along a path, with a large house in the background. Point of view from the car of Jim and Reverend Tobias Tubbs running along a dirt road at the left. Interior view of the garage with the Model T Ford, Mildred’s father cranks the car and attempts to start it (unknowing of the flat tyres) and gets into the car. Point of view from the car of Jim and Reverend Tobias Tubbs running along the pavement at the left in a residential neighbourhood. A man stands outside of a large car with flat tyres, he checks the tyres. A passenger boards the train. Wide shot of a passenger boarding a train. Jim and Reverend Tobias Tubbs run onto a train platform. A train pulls out of the station travelling away from the camera, Wally Henderson runs alongside it and jumps onto the train. Jim and Reverend Tobias Tubbs run behind the train pulling away from the station.
00:02:38 Title: Mildred Byng was as excited as if she were eloping. Mildred - Constance Talmadoe."
00:02:43 Mildred sits in a train car at left looking out the window wearing a fur wrap, Wally Henderson wearing a suit approaches her and sits down next to her after he takes off his hat. Point of view from the moving train of Jim and Reverend Tobias Tubbs running alongside the train. Reverend Tobias Tubbs and Jim climb onto the train.
00:02:49 Title: "I dropped my Doane's!"
00:02:51 Close up of Reverend Tobias Tubbs and Jim holding onto the train as they climb onto the train, Jim lets go and both men fall off the train. Interior scene of the train, Mildred witnesses them fall off out of the window and screams, gets up, and runs down the aisle of the train. The Reverend and Jim lie on the train tracks as the train leaves them. Mildred and Wally Henderson rush down the train carriage towards the camera. Close up of the Reverend and Jim lying on the ground next to the train tracks. Mildred and a train conductor stand at the edge of the moving train; she shouts and waves towards Jim (out of the scene). The train speeds off in the distance. Close up of the Reverend and Jim sitting on the ground next to the train tracks.
00:02:59 Title: "Wish I had some Sloan's!"
00:03:02 Close up of the Reverend and Jim sitting on the ground next to the train tracks. Mildred and a train conductor stand at the edge of the moving train, she shouts and waves towards Jim (who is out of the scene) and the train conductor pulls her back into the train car. Close up of the Reverend and Jim sitting on the ground next to the train tracks, Jim hits his head with one of Reverend Tobias Tubbs's shoes in despair, he stands up and stands on the Reverend’s foot who shouts in pain. Jim walks towards a door and wooden platform, swinging Reverend Tobias Tubbs's shoe, and sits down. The Reverend grabs his foot in pain but stands up and hobbles to the left. Reverend Tobias Tubbs walks over to Jim and attempts to comfort him.
00:03:22 Title: "Let's go home, Jim - I feel my rheumatism coming on."
00:03:26 Jim is in despair, and Reverend Tobias Tubbs attempts to console him as he sneezes and sits down next to Jim. Mildred sits on the train, visibly upset, and Wally sits down next to her. Reverend Tobias Tubbs starts to walk away from Jim but Jim pulls him back by his bathrobe.
00:03:34 Title: "No - you can't go back, but I'll get you some shoes."
00:03:39 Jim and Reverend Tobias Tubbs stand up, Jim gestures right off-screen. Interior of the train, Mildred and Wally sit facing the camera chatting. Jim and Reverend Tobias Tubbs race out of the scene to the right. Jim steals shoes from a shoe polisher's stand and hands them to Reverend Tobias Tubbs.
00:03:45 Title: "Here you are - I bet they'll fit you fine!"
00:03:49 Jim and Reverend Tobias Tubbs take the shoes. Mildred and Wally sit and talk on the train, with other passengers in the background. Jim and Reverend Tobias Tubbs walk along a dirt path next to a building and the train tracks towards the camera.
00:03:55 Title: "Hold still and I'll make 'em fit"
00:03:58 Jim helps Reverend Tobias Tubbs put on his new shoes as the Reverend sneezes and leans against a wall, Jim puts the Reverend's old shoe into the pocket of the Reverend's bathrobe. An industrial lot. Excitedly, Jim rushes towards the camera and off screen leaving the Reverend against the wall and sneezing. Jim approaches a pair of trousers hanging on a nail, grabs them, then looks behind him and smiles, pointing to the trousers or overalls. Reverend Tobias Tubbs smiles, nods yes, and waves. Jim takes the overalls. Jim hands the overalls to the Reverend and they debate, Jim exits the scene to the right in search of something. Jim crosses over train tracks and bribes a rail track maintenance worker.
00:04:28 Title: "- got to get to the county seat in a hurry!"
00:04:31 Jim continues to bribe the rail track maintenance worker. Reverend Tobias Tubbs wearing overalls. Jim stands in the centre of the frame on the train tracks with his railway machine he purchased from the rail track maintenance worker. Jim rushes back to the Reverend and takes the Reverend by hand and they rush out of the scene to the right of the camera. Jim and Reverend Tobias Tubbs board the railway machine and start travelling down the tracks, away from the camera. Jim and the Reverend speed towards the camera on the tracks, Jim stops the train car and picks up a conductor's hat on the side of the train tracks, and puts it on the Reverend's head.
00:04:53 Title: "Now we're travelling in style - conductor and all!"
00:04:55 Jim and the Reverend continue travelling down the tracks. Point of view from the travelling train car of Jim and the Reverend travelling quite quickly along the train tracks (Jim is facing the camera and the Reverend faces away from the camera), Jim looks left and right at the tracks ahead. Derail sign. Jim panics and stands up, pointing ahead. The Reverend appears shocked. Jim pushes the Reverend off of the moving car. Jim disembarks the moving car, in anticipation that the train will derail however it continues travelling, much to Jim's shock, he tries to run after it, turns back and runs and gestures to the Reverend (out of the scene), then realises it is too late and they have lost the train car which has continued travelling on its own. The Reverend hobbles towards the camera, clearly physically hurt and in pain. Jim turns away from the camera and looks down the tracks. The train car speeds on its own down the tracks, away from the camera. Jim, facing away from the camera, throws his hands up in the air in despair. The train car travels in the distance along the tracks.
00:05:38 Title: "A chance to hop a freight"
00:05:40 Jim and the Reverend attempt to jump onto a moving freight train, they jump onto the undercarriage, turn themselves over, and ride along underneath the speeding train. Close up of Jim and the Reverend travelling on the underside of the speeding train.
00:05:54 Title: "And to think I own two shares of stock in this railroad!"
00:05:58 Close up of Jim and the Reverend travelling on the underside of the speeding train. Passengers boarding a train. Close up of Jim and the Reverend travelling on the underside of the speeding train.
00:06:12 Title: "Two hours later - the county seat."
00:06:14 The interior of the train car, Mildred and Wally stand up and she adjusts her fur stole, Wally gathers the trunks and suitcases as Mildred walks down the train carriage.
00:06:18 Title: "Sidetracked"
00:06:20 Jim and the Reverend walk along train tracks, walking away from the camera. Close up of the Sheriff or police officer watching and hiding behind a train car. Passengers disembark the train. Jim fishes a rock or small item out of the Reverend's ear, presumably lodged into his ear while travelling underneath the train carriage, Jim puts the rock onto the palm of his hand. Close up of the policeman or sheriff who walks out from behind the train car. Jim and the Reverend examine the small rock as the policeman approaches from behind, startling them, and they both make a dash to escape. The policeman drags the Reverend by the collar across the ground as Jim stops, then Jim grabs the Reverends legs so the policeman and Jim are literally in a tug o' war with the Reverend between them, Jim motions for the policeman to stop and they put down the Reverend, Jim hands the policeman money and successfully bribes him for the Reverend's release.
00:06:52 Title: "Now - on your way!"
00:06:53 Jim and the Reverend stand with the policeman, the Reverend is on his knees and hugs Jim.
00:06:54 Title: "Don’t worry - we wouldn't stay here on a bet!"
00:06:58 Jim and the Reverend stand with the policeman, the Reverend is on his knees and hugs Jim, the policeman exits the scene at left leaving the Reverend and Jim, the Reverend stands up. Close view of the Reverend and Jim walk away from the camera, Jim leads the hobbling Reverend by the arm then picks him up on his back and carries him away. A man holding a suitcase talks to Mildred (who is wearing a fur and a hat) as they stand outside hotel facing each other and talking, a hotel porter enters the scene through a door in the background and approaches the man, takes his suitcase, and leads the couple into the hotel via the door. Interior scene of a hotel lobby, the couple and the hotel porter enter the lobby and approach the check-in desk at the right. Close up of Mildred signing the hotel ledger as two hotel staff and her male companion watch, she looks up and back at her male companion.
00:07:18 Title: "You have a poor opinion of my taste!"
00:07:21 Mildred continues signing the ledger at the hotel as the two male hotel staff and her male companion watch, then her male companion signs the ledger as Mildred stands impatiently wearing a huge fox fur looking impatient, the hotel porter takes the keys from the hotel front desk employee. The hotel porter, the man, and Mildred walk up the stairs at the back of the lobby while the hotel staff stand at the hotel reception. A train travels on the train track in the background towards the camera, while the Reverend and Jim walk on the tracks, they turn behind them and see the train coming towards them, and initially turn to run in the opposite direction however Jim stops the Reverend and they turn back to the train and wave their coats and flags at the train in an effort to make it stop. Point of view from the train of the train conductor. Jim and the Reverend jump up and down waving at the train while standing on the train tracks, Jim pushes the Reverend to the left off of the track, the Reverend pleads to Jim to get him off of the tracks as the train speeds perilously close to him, Jim jumps off the track at the last minute, narrowly missing being hit by the train, Jim and the Reverend race along side the train as it comes to a halt, Jim jumps up onto the train but the train conductor refuses to allow Jim and the Reverend to board and pushes them off. Close up of Jim and the Reverend attempting to board the train but are pushed off by the conductor. The train begins to pull away, leaving Jim and the Reverend fighting and in despair on the ground, the turn around and walk to the back of the moving train and run to jump on the back. The train pulls away from the camera as Jim and the Reverend run behind the train and jump onto the caboose. Point of view from the caboose of Jim and Reverend climbing on the metal railing on the caboose. The train pulls away from the camera.
00:08:27 Jim and the Reverend enter the rear passenger car on the train, Jim pushes the Reverend down into a seat and sits down next to him in a chair, they talk and smile as the train ticket man approaches them, Jim and the ticket man start fighting. The passenger train car, a well-dressed man in a suit and tie sits facing the camera, he hears Jim and the ticket man fighting (off screen) and turns around. The ticket man demands a ticket from Jim, who is reaching into his pocket. The well-dressed man in the passenger car stands up and turns and walks behind him. The well-dressed man approaches Jim, the Reverend, and the ticket man and begins shouting at Jim, the well-dressed man takes the ticket man and leads him away from Jim and the Reverend. The passenger train car, the well-dressed man engages in an explanation with the uniformed ticket collector, he takes out money and pays the ticket collector for tickets. Jim takes the Reverend's coat off. The well-dressed man pays the ticket collector for the tickets. The train ticket collector approaches Jim who is helping the Reverend put on his jacket, the ticket collector hands Jim and the Reverend train tickets (paid for by the well-dressed man who, unknowing to them works for the Sheriff) who appear surprised, Jim stands up and exits the scene. Jim approaches the well-dressed man and thanks him for buying the tickets for him and the Reverend, they shake hands and begin to talk, Jim suddenly stands up and rushes back down the passenger car.
00:09:14 Passengers disembark the train, first the uniformed train ticket collector followed by various passengers, including Jim who walks down the steps then turns around to catch or carry the Reverend as he falls down the stairs, the Reverend grabs his foot then stands up and Jim helps him to walk away, but they are stopped by the Sheriff who greets them, they think he is a friend (the well-dressed man who bought their tickets stands and points at them in the background), they realise he is the Sheriff when he shows them his badge, and at first they don't believe him but then their faces turn to shock.
00:09:38 Title: "Yes, yes, I know - but the Emperor of China is waiting to see you two."
00:09:43 Jim and the Reverend struggle to get away but are unable to free themselves from the Sheriff, who holds them on each arm facing the camera, they exit the scene at left as the well-dressed man points and shouts to them, along with two train employees. The Reverend leans against a wall and takes off his shoe at the right of the scene as the Sheriff and Jim watch and stand next to him, while the Sheriff is distracted by the Reverend, Jim makes an attempt to escape by running out of the scene to the background, the Sheriff grabs the Reverend and they begin run after Jim but the Reverend falls down and holds his shoe, he puts on his shoe (as the Sheriff glances back towards Jim) and finally the Reverend stands up. Exterior scene outside a brick building (presumably the courthouse or jail), the Sheriff takes the Reverend up the steps towards the door and opens the door. Interior view of the jail from inside a jail cell with a bed to the right foreground of the scene, the Sheriff and the Reverend enter the jailhouse, the Sheriff opens the door to the cell and locks the Reverend into a cell in the foreground. Jim jumps over a wooden wall then runs off towards the background away from the camera. The Sheriff sits at a desk in the background while the Reverend sits inside his jail cell in the foreground (they are divided by the wall to the cell), the Sheriff stands up and exits the scene at left, the Reverend stands up and walks towards the door to the cell but then turns back towards the camera looking forlorn. Exterior of the jailhouse, Jim jumps up to the outside of a jail cell to talk to the Reverend. Close up of Jim hanging on the bars outside of the jailhouse. The Reverend talks apologetically towards Jim (out of scene). Close up of Jim hanging on the bars outside of the jailhouse, he looks across his right shoulder then jumps down and runs away as three men in suits and ties approach the jailhouse, they chase after him. Jim runs between two wooden fences and a large tree away from the camera and is chased by three men who stop in front of the tree, they split up and one man continues chasing Jim while the other two run out of the scene to the right. Jim runs from left to right in front of a stone wall, stops, looks behind him, then begins climbing up the stone wall and makes it to the top just as the three men approach from behind. Jim at the top of the wall facing the camera with a smile on his face, he turns and runs out of the scene to the right. The three men in pursuit of Jim stand at the bottom of the stone wall and run to the left. Close up of Jim looking every which way before turning behind him and jumping up a wall to a window behind him. Jim dangerously climbs up the exterior of a building as the three men in pursuit of Jim arrive at the bottom of the building, Jim successfully clambers up to the top. Jim walks along the roof of the jailhouse, walking along the gutter before sitting down and lowering himself to a jailhouse window. Close view looking up of Jim looking down into the jailhouse window, precariously perched at the edge of the building. The Reverend inside his jail cell, he looks up and out of the window and talks to Jim (off screen). Close view looking up of Jim looking down into the jailhouse window, precariously perched at the edge of the building. Jim clambers up to the roof of the jailhouse and walks across it to the right as the men in pursuit spot him at the base of the building. Jim runs across the roof of the building, looking behind him and then forwards. View of Jim's feet and then Jim as he jumps down from one building to the next towards the camera. Side view of Jim jumping from one building to the next (from left to right) and then jumping to the ground as the three men chases after him, running towards the camera. A wooden wall, Jim runs alongside it (unseen) then ducks underneath the wall, rolling towards the camera, he stands up and runs away from the camera and dives under the wall again just as two of the men in pursuit dives and climb under the wooden wall, the three men see Jim disappear under the wall again, crawl back under the wall, and continue to chase after him.
00:11:42 Title: "Twenty busy minutes later"
00:11:44 Jim approaches the outside of the hotel, turns behind him and enters the door. Interior of the hotel lobby, Jim sees the Sheriff and turns back around and dashes out of the hotel before the Sheriff can see him. Exterior of the hotel, Jim exits the door only to run into the three men in pursuit, who chase him back into the hotel. Jim runs into the lobby and impressively hurdles over a tall man facing away from the camera and dashes up the stairs. Men chase Jim as he runs up the stairs in the background of the hotel lobby. Jim skids to a halt inside the corridor of the hotel, opens a window, and jumps out of it just as the men arrive. Exterior view of the hotel and telephone wires, Jim dangerously climbs onto a telephone pole. Interior of the hotel corridor, the two men in pursuit shout, one exits the scene to the right as the other stands and shakes his fist at Jim (off screen).
00:12:01 Jim cautiously walks across the telephone wires, holding wires in each hand and walking across the wires as if on a tightrope, he stops and angrily shakes his right fist. The Sheriff and the three men in pursuit walk in front of a store and look up. Jim continues to walk on the wires but slips and falls, catching himself on the wires. The Sheriff and the three men look up, the Sheriff holds the men back by standing in front of them and holding out his arms. Jim falls again and struggles to get himself upright on the wires, holding his head and his hand on his heart. The Sheriff and the three men look up, the Sheriff gestures for Jim to come down. Jim manages to stand up on the wires and continues walking. The Sheriff and the three men in pursuit walk in front of a store and look up and point. Jim continues walking along the wires. The Sheriff and the three men in pursuit exit the scene to the left.
00:12:33 Jim approaches a telephone man atop the wires at the telephone pole and talks to him.
00:12:38 Title: "Say, brother - plug me in to the jail, will you?"
00:12:38 The telephone man talk to Jim atop of the telephone pole. The Sheriff and the three men in pursuit stand at the base of the telephone pole. Jim sits atop the telephone pole with the telephone man, kicks and shouts down below, then the telephone man hands Jim a telephone. Close up of Jim talking on the telephone atop the telephone pole.
00:12:49 Title: "Say - let me talk to him, will you?"
00:12:52 A man inside the jailhouse talks on the telephone. View of Jim and the telephone man atop of the telephone pole as the telephone man holds the phone and plugs the phone into various switches. The Reverend talks into the telephone inside the jailhouse, sitting down at a table and facing the camera. Close view of Jim and the telephone man atop of the telephone pole, Jim talks on the phone while the telephone man watches and laughs. Interior view of a bedroom, with Mildred and another woman with blonde hair who rush to answer the telephone on the back wall. Close view of Mildred talking on the phone inside the bedroom. Several alternating shots of 1) Jim and the telephone man atop of the telephone pole, Jim talking on the phone while the telephone man watches and laughs; 2) the Sheriff and the three men in pursuit standing at the base of the telephone pole; 3) Mildred talking on the phone inside the bedroom; and 4) the Reverend talking into the telephone inside the jailhouse, sitting down at a table and facing the camera while the jail keep watches.
00:13:17 Title: "Quiet down, there! I'm getting married by proxy!"
00:13:21 Jim and the telephone man atop of the telephone pole, Jim talks on the phone while the telephone man watches and laughs. The Reverend talks into the telephone inside the jailhouse, sitting down at a table and facing the camera while the jail keep watches. Close view of Mildred talking on the phone inside the bedroom and says, "I do". Jim and the telephone man atop of the telephone pole, Jim talks on the phone and shakes the hand of the telephone man.
00:13:29 End credits.
00:13:32 End of film
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