Hilda Routs the Enemy (1915)

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A child pretends to be a ghost to scare grandmother.


The Bioscope (06/May/1915):

Hilda Routs the Enemy. — In this comedy, Baby Langley is seen to some degree of advantage, and works out a scheme, whereby an undesired mother-in-law is treated to an involuntary bath, then scared by a ’cutely devised ghost. Effective in its way, but just a little too much inspiration in some of the tricks. Qualify excellent, and staging very well thought out. No connected story. (June 17th. 655 ft.)

Kinematograph Weekly (06/May/1915):

Second in the program comes a delightful Bamforth comedy, written and produced by A. C. Birch. “Hilda” is played by Baby Langley, a juvenile artiste of considerable repute, who manages to extract a vast amount of fun from depart. The “enemy” is the historic mother-in-law (Hilda's grandmother), and the method of her rout is such as to appeal to popular fancy. Ma-in-law’s first action on her visit to Hilda’s mother and father is to take a great objection to the little girl's pet rabbit, and confide it to the tender mercies of the local butcher. The ire of young Hilda is immediately raised, and she determines that her dragon-tongued grandmother shall be repaid for the loss of bunny. A brass flower vase, connected to a battery, is the first surprise Hilda prepares for granny. Then gentle soothing water is dropped on granny as she dreams, and finally a ghost is pressed into service. Granny leaves next day, to the delight of Hilda and her papa. Released June 17th, length 655 ft.


Notes and References

  1. Sourced from The Bioscope.