The Servant Problem; or, How Mr. Bullington Ran the House (1912)

Comedy, Short


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Mr. Bullington is burdened with flesh and a weeping wife. He is the adipose head of a small family consisting principally of himself. Though he has an emotional wife, with headaches, tears ... See full summary »



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W.A. Tremayne

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11 March 2017 | deickemeyer
A jolly newcomer by the name of Hughie Mack
This is one of the most delightful, if not the most, of Vitagraph comedies, and a work of art, besides, in character revelation. With Florence Turner, Flora Finch, Lillian Walker and Kate Price grouped around a jolly newcomer by the name of Hughie Mack, he will be very much of a comer if he does not get the balloon head, almost any kind of shaking up of the dice box is liable to bring a throw of five sixes, and the tight box into which Mr. Bullington, undisguised Mr. Mack, gets himself, offers an abundance of humorous opportunity without horseplay. Florence Turner as Mrs. Bullington enacts the clinging vine, the frail creature of alternating tears and smiles, who leans heavily on sex privilege and her authorized provider during a wedded career largely characterized by genteel inefficiency and delicate evasion of responsibility. Her wifely duties are summed up in deluging her husband's coat sleeve with salt water from the unfailing fonts of her lachrymal glands, or in making a ghastly effort to laugh at his funny stories. The mobile face of the charming young actress, changing quickly in response to her varied emotions, is a veritable study in this new opportunity, and I could not help thinking, as I watched her, that a series of domestic comedies like this one would admirably suit her accomplishments and spice the Vitagraph program with a decidedly snappy flavor. The man, the ladies and the children are all human beings, not actors; the story is one of every-day experience in modern life, with only those slight exaggerations necessary to put the case strongly in a brief period of time. It is all sufficient that their amusing peculiarities are skillfully brought within the scope of our understanding and our sympathy. - The Moving Picture World, November 16, 1912

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Comedy | Short

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22 November 1912

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English


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USA

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