Over the Back Fence (1913)

Colonel Crompton, a bachelor, and his nephew, Charles, live in a house adjoining that of Matilda Scraggs, an old maid, whose niece, Nell, is very much in love with the bachelor's nephew. ... See full summary »

Director:

C.J. Williams (as C. Jay Williams)

Writer:

Marion Carr
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Wadsworth ... Col. Crompton
Alice Washburn Alice Washburn ... Matilda Scraggs
Harry Beaumont ... Charles - the Colonel's Nephew
Bessie Learn ... Nell - Matilda's Niece
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Colonel Crompton, a bachelor, and his nephew, Charles, live in a house adjoining that of Matilda Scraggs, an old maid, whose niece, Nell, is very much in love with the bachelor's nephew. The old folks are neighborly neighbors until one day the colonel's dog bites the old maid's cat and the trouble begins. The colonel declares his nephew must pay no more attention to Nell. The old maid forbids her niece to speak to Charles. The young folks, however, carry on their courtship just the same over the fence which divides the rear courts to their adjoining houses. The elders tear them apart whenever they catch them in conversation, and so persistent are they in their endeavors to separate the young couple that Charles and Nell secretly make an agreement to change their tactics and pretend to quarrel. This has the desired effect on the old people, who are contrary enough to induce the young people to make up again, especially as Charles makes himself quite agreeable to the old maid and Nell ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1913 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Edison Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Edison Company production number 7237. See more »

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Pyramus and Thisbe
3 July 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Harry Beaumont and Bessie Learn are in love, but their respective uncle and aunt, back fence neighbors, feud bitterly with each other and insist the youngsters have nothing to do with each other. The young leads come up with a plan in this pleasant Edison comedy.

There are some nice bits in this piece as directed by Edison regular C.J. Williams. Not only is the acting good, but there is a pleasant structure offered by the title cards which show what a difference a week can make. you can see this one for yourself. It is in the Eye Insritute site on Youtube.

Harry Beaumont's career as a movie actor would only last until 1918, but that would not end his involvement with the movies. Beginning the year after this picture, he would start directing and his career would extend through 1948, including a long tenure at MGM, where his career would peak in the 1930s.


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