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WHAT A WIFE
AFP-19FL 16mm; VTM-19FL Beta SP; NET-92 Beta SP (at 01:48:24:00); DigiBeta
B W
Silent Comedy
1928
Aerials
B W 1928 D: St. Elmo Boyce. Toots & Casper. 00:54:02:00 B W 1928 - MS - Baby Buttercup hands bottle to Spareribs the dog, Spareribs grabs bottle in his mouth. 00:54:10:00 B W 1928 - CU - Toots, short "flapper" haircut. Sighs and smiles suddenly shocked epxression as she sees..... 00:54:13:00 B W 1928 - MS - Spareribs the dog drinking from baby bottle. 00:54:17:00 B W 1928 - CU - Face of dog drinking from baby bottle -- dog guzzles down all the milk. 00:54:26:00 B W 1928 - CU - Dog licks it chops. 00:54:34:00 B W 1928 - WS - Mama Toots picks up baby, carries baby from living room. 00:54:38:00 B W 1928 - CU - Title card: "When Casper said he wanted to be king in his own home, his wife crowned him." 00:54:53:00 B W 1928 - WS - Toots removes husband Caspar's coat, helps him on with robe, sits him in easy chair, puts pipe in his mouth hands him newspaper -- i.e. wife makes husband comfortable after hard day at the office. 00:55:13:00 B W 1928 - CU - Wife trying to butter up husband to go on vacation he shakes his head, "No!" she looks sad. 00:55:15:00 B W 1928 - MS - Outdoor candy and smoke stand at train sation man behind counter checks couple's luggage, puts luggage behind counter. 00:55:36:00 B W 1928 - MS - By flirting, woman convinces man behind counter to take care of baby as she and her husband eat lunch. 00:55:50:00 B W 1928 - MS - Baby switches numbers on hats at coat-check counter. 00:56:01:00 B W 1928 - MS - Couple walk into lunch room. 00:56:05:00 B W 1928 - MS - Elegant old gentleman hands coat-checker his number gets captain's hat several sizes too small man protest but man behind counter insists it's his hat he puts it on, walks away. 00:56:24:00 B W 1928 - MS - Another customer gets wrong hat --- black cowboy hat man behind counter shows man same number, insists it's his hat 1920s "Life Savers" candy display on counter. 00:56:40:00 B W 1928 - MS - Hat-checker hands elderly Chinese man top hat. 00:56:45:00 B W 1928 - MS - Effimenate man in over-sized coat, striped pants gets big floppy hat several sizes too large he looks in mirror, protest to no avail. 00:57:01:00 B W 1928 - MS - Group of four men congregate, each with worng hat. 00:59:21:00 B W 1928 - MS - Three men at counter hat checker hands men their hats --- or are they their hats? 00:57:20:00 B W 1928 - MS - Crowd of men with wrong hats grows larger. 00:57:21:00 B W 1928 - CU - Confused expressions men's face, wrong hats on heads, turning, looking at each other's hats -- good "turning heads" footage quick cuts. 00:57:31:00 B W 1928 - MS - Crowd of men grab their correct hats from off their heads. 00:57:39:00 B W 1928 - MS - Couple leave lunch room man picks his teeth with toothpick. 00:57:42:00 B W 1928 - MS - Men fight over their hats. 00:57:47:00 B W 1928 - MS - Little man tells big cigar smoking man that he's wearing his (little man's) hat big man shoves little man, who falls onto the grass. 00:57:53:00 B W 1928 - MS - Woman steps into get husband's hat, she is shoved onto grass she tries a second time, she's shoved again, but this time she has the hat. 00:58:10:00 B W 1928 - MS - Crowd disperses, ticket stubs on ground train conductor dances a bizarre kind of hopscotch on ticket stubs. 00:58:16:00 B W 1928 - MS - Hat checker behind candy counter wearing floppy Mexican sombrero, glumly fanning himself with lady's purse. 00:58:24:00 B W 1928 - MS - Hat checker hands couple their baby. 00:58:28:00 B W 1928 - MS - Hat checker throws baggage over counter hat checker beckons to man, rips up man's hat! shoves man in face. 00:58:46:00 B W 1928 - WS - Couple and baby sit on railroad waiting on bench man sitting beside them, reading newspaper. 00:58:49:00 B W 1928 - MS - Straw-hatted man sneezing two men shake hands, man says: "I've got a touch of hay fever." 00:59:01:00 B W 1928 - MS - Man sneezes on wife, she does double take, then she sneezes. 00:59:15:00 B W 1928 - CU - Man sneezes his hat flies off his head onto his wife's head -- twice! 00:59:36:00 B W 1928 - WS - Contagious sneezing! man walks by carrying suitcase, suddenly sneezes. 00:59:39:00 B W 1928 - MS - Train conductor, speaking through megaphone, sneezes on man who then sneezes himself. 00:55:17:00 B W 1928 - MS - EXCELLENT SNEEZE Woman carrying baby, man carrying luggage, walking to train, sneezing, infecting everyone aroound them with Contagious sneezes 01:00:01:00 B W 1928 - WS - Cute trick shot: Couple standing and sneezing, little dog sneezing, jumping 5 feet in the air with every sneeze woman grabs little dog, walks away with it. 01:00:09:00 B W 1928 - MS - Man sneezes, blows magazines off the rack over the candy stand. 01:00:13:00 B W 1928 - MS - Man behind candy counter sneezes, blows away his newspaper. 01:00:23:00 B W 1928 - CU - Little dog, wearing big polka-dot ribbon, sneezing. 01:00:30:00 B W 1928 - CU - Another little dog sneezing -- shaking its head. 01:00:39:00 B W 1928 - MS - Newlyweds: Bride in wedding gouwn, groom in tuxedo, stand on train station platform people throwing rice on couple, congratulating them, shaking hands. 01:00:40:00 B W 1928 - CU - Wistful, smiling couple watch title card: "A bride and groom -- what a beautiful picture!" 01:00:53:00 B W 1928 - CU - Conversation, title card: 'I can see they will never have a cross word as long as they live." 01:01:00:00 B W 1928 - WS - Friends throw rice on newlyweds. 01:01:04:00 B W 1928 - CU - Man throws shoe at couple -- for good luck?? 01:01:06:00 B W 1928 - CU - Bride gets hit with shoe great, astonished pop-eyed reaction from couple watching. 01:01:09:00 B W 1928 - MS - Angry bride, hands on hips, argues with groom shoe hits bride on head. 01:01:12:00 B W 1928 - CU - Face of angry, yet pretty, bride. 01:01:16:00 B W 1928 - MS - Bride and goom begin shoving each other. 01:01:23:00 B W 1928 - CU - Bride to groom: "I dare you to hit me!" 01:01:24:00 B W 1928 - MS - Bride points to her right cheek groom slaps bride on her lfet cheek bride astonished, slaps groom across the face. 01:01:30:00 B W 1928 - MS - Bride and groom hitting and slapping each other. 01:01:31:00 B W 1928 - WS - Crowd begins throwing shoes at man who thew first shoe. 01:01:40:00 B W 1928 - MS - Man bending down to pick up newspaper gets hit in the rear end by shoe turns and looks at.... 01:01:42:00 B W 1928 - MS - Fruit vendor stacking neat pyramid of oranges. 01:01:45:00 B W 1928 - MS - Man throws shoe at oranges, knocks stack down. 01:01:49:00 B W 1928 - MS - Fruit vendor takes off his shoe, throws shoe, mistakenly hits woman in the rear end. 01:01:53:00 B W 1928 - WS - Shoe-throwing war melee. 01:01:55:00 B W 1928 - MS - Man shining man's shoes gets hit in head by shoes repeatedly -- takes off customer's shoes total chaos of shoe-throwing. 01:02:12:00 B W 1928 - WS - "Battle of the centry", only with shoes instead of pies! great!!. 01:02:13:00 B W 1928 - CU - Conductor's feet: one shoe on, one shoe off. 01:02:16:00 B W 1928 - MS - Man bending over, holding really big shoe. 01:02:19:00 B W 1928 - WS - Shoe hits conductor, he turns, startled. 01:02:24:00 B W 1928 - MS - AV of shoe-throwing battle at train station. 01:02:28:00 B W 1928 - MS - Conductor sneezes. 01:02:30:00 B W 1928 - MS - Conductor gets hit in eye with shoe. 01:02:32:00 B W 1928 - MS - Conductor gets bombarded with shoe holds out hands in protection. 01:02:34:00 B W 1928 - WS - Dog runs past conductor into train station. 01:02:38:00 B W 1928 - MS - Man on floor, waving newspapers in surrender as shoes pelt him. 01:02:40:00 B W 1928 - MS - Conductor holding big-bowed dog by leash. 01:02:42:00 B W 1928 - WS - Steam train arrives -- or leaves -- outside station. 01:02:46:00 B W 1928 - WS - Battle of shoes rages on. 01:02:52:00 B W 1928 - WS - Conductor brings dog to couple woman holding baby. 01:02:57:00 B W 1928 - MS - Conductor to couple: "When I say I'll take pleasure in seeing you off -- I don't mean maybe." 01:03:02:00 B W 1928 - CU - Conductor grabs couple by their collars, brings couple baby, dog and luggage to train. 01:03:06:00 B W 1928 - WS - Aftermath of shoe-throwing battle: shoes lying everywhere on train platform shoe-throwers disperse leave scene of battle. 01:03:12:00 B W 1928 - MS - Crowd runs to train following couple getting on train crowd jamming up to get onto train. 01:03:13:00 B W 1928 - CU - Train engineer at controls sneezes. 01:03:16:00 B W 1928 - WS - Train hurriedly leaves station, shoes everywhere beside tracks. 01:03:22:00 B W 1928 - WS - Couple -- with baby, dog, luggage and conductor -- leg behind on platform, obviously having been thrown off train. 01:03:35:00 B W 1928 - WS - Conductor licks man, throws hat on ground, couple hurriedly leaves. 01:03:38:00 B W 1928 - WS - Conductor throws one more shoe.
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