The Bioscope (11/May/1916) - Frills

The following is a transcription of a historic journal article and may contain occasional errors.



The Yorkshire Cine Co. has done much for the supply of British Film Comedies. One of the most successful yet put out by this company is the Pierette Comedy,

Frills,” for which an excellent cast, including Miss Queenie Thomas and Miss Ruby Millar, has been employed. The plot is ingeniously constructed on the old foundation of the marriage arranged by two fathers to which their respective son and daughter object on principle. Queenie Thomas absolutely refuses to meet the Hon. Gregory Scott, who is her father’s choice, and appeals to her friend, Ruby Millar, a Revue Star, to get her an engagement in the chorus. Under the name of Maisie Clare, she meets the Hon. Gregory, and it will be no surprise to the sophisticated theatregoer to find that they fall mutually in love.

Lord Vaughan hears that his nephew has become entangled with a chorus girl, and in order to choke him off, makes a bet that he will propose to Maisie, and be accepted. By a device which shows some lack of invention on the author’s part, Maisie overhears the conversation, and with Ruby’s assistance secures the services of some dozen ladies of the chorus, who, concealed in various parts of the room, are witnesses to the noble lord's proposal, and impress upon him the advisability of settling the matter with a cheque for £2,000.

When the Hon. Gregory is dragged off to propose to the daughter of his uncle’s old friend, Lord Vaughan acts up to the traditions of the stage nobleman, for when Queenie returns his cheque he gives it to her as a wedding present with his blessing.

Miss Ruby Millar, Miss Queenie Thomas, Mr. Gregory Scott, and a thoroughly capable company play the parts to which the author, through lack of invention, or to economise programmes, has assigned their names, in a spirit of pleasant comedy. The production is excellent, a feature being the very effective lighting of many of the scenes. Smartly dressed and mounted, this film should find a place in any good programme, and is an excellent example of the work of a studio which is steadily adding to its reputation for legitimate comedy.