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Brown's Half Holiday (1905)


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James Williamson's own description of the film is as follows:

Brown has got home early and outside his house meets Jones on his way to tennis. "Wait a minute, old fellow, and I'll come with you." Brown has changed his clothes and is just about to walk away with his friend when he is pulled up from behind. Mrs.B. has something to say: "The idea! sneaking off like this when you promised to come home early and help me with the house-cleaning." So Brown has to say good-bye to Jones, and is rather ignominiously shoved indoors.

Brown does not show himself to be a very handy man about house, and everything seems to go wrong. Whether in laying the carpet on the stairs, cleaning the windows or sweeping the flues, he gets into trouble every time, and finally falls into a bath full of water. After he has changed his clothes, his wife gives him one more job to find where the gas is escaping. He promptly goes to the gas meter with a lighted taper, with the result that might be expected he is blown up. but the curious thing is that he stops up at least for the present. Mrs B. comes in and seeing what has happened, promptly faints.

But Brown is all right, bless you. We are looking in to see how Jones is getting on at tennis when Brown plumps down in the middle of the court, not a bit the worse, and so he gets his game of tennis after all.