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Those Awful Hats (1909)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 25 January 1909 (USA)
Set in an early cinema house, this comic short illustrates the problems with the gals' hats obscuring the movie patron's line of vision.

Director:

D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Linda Arvidson ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
John R. Cumpson ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Flora Finch ... Woman with Largest Hat (uncredited)
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Robert Harron ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Charles Inslee ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Arthur V. Johnson ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Florence Lawrence ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Gertrude Robinson ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Mack Sennett ... Man in Checkered Jacket and Top Hat (uncredited)
Dorothy West ... Theatre Audience (uncredited)
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Storyline

A gentleman with a top hat, and a series of women with ever more ludicrous hats enter a movie theatre. They refuse to remove them, until a giant bucket forcibly removes one hat. All but one woman then remove their hats, and the bucket returns to remove the woman. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1909 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Those Darn Hats See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film utilized the Dunning-Pomeroy Matte process (an early predecessor to blue-screening). When this film was originally being restored, the elements for the film that is projected in the picture were lost. As an inside joke, the restorers filled it in with a scene from At the Crossroads of Life (1908), a picture that D.W. Griffith himself starred in. See more »

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Griffith shows his sense of humour
26 June 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

This ultra-short film from movie pioneer D. W. Griffith isn't so much a film as a public service announcement. In the early years of cinema there were no restrictions on women wearing hats in a theatre (although men had to remove theirs) a situation that led to some heated moments due to the size of some ladies' bonnets.

The film takes place in a tiny cinema, and Griffith makes use of a split-screen technique to show the second film taking place on the cinema's screen. It looks fairly primitive today, but was probably quite effective in its day. As the film unfolds, more and more ladies wearing increasingly outlandish hats take their seats at the front of the cinema, blocking the view of those sitting behind. Mass pandemonium almost breaks out until the kind of bucket contraption used by diggers descends from the ceiling to remove one lady's hat before accidentally picking up a second lady who is still attached to hers.

It's a fairly amusing picture, and Griffith, who also wrote the piece, displays a sense of humour that he is not normally noted for, but at two-and-a-half minutes it's definitely as long as it needs to be.


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