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Madam Blanch, Beauty Doctor

(One reel of approx.1,000 feet, released July 9, 1915)
Directed by Arthur Ellery. Scenario by Lloyd F. Lonergan. A Falstaff comedy.
source: British Film Institute, 13 minutes, 35 seconds.
Cast: Harry Benham (Bob, the college boy; Madame Blanche), Riley Chamberlin (Simon Southwick, his guardian, a rheumatic old man), Mrs. S. Stevens (Mrs. Southwick), Mignon Anderson (Betty, the stenographer), Ray Johnston (clerk), Edward N. Hoyt (clerk), Morgan Jones, Ethel Jewett.
Original music composed and performed by Raymond A. Brubacher.

Gender bender comedy with satirical social observation, features Riley Chamberlin and Harry Benham (Falstaff release).

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A good example of the clever light comedy Thanhouser produced for its Falstaff label, while other studios cranked out broad slapstick comedies. Harry Benham and Mignon Anderson were versatile and popular Thanhouser stars, here showing considerable skill in light comedy, a genre that invites plenty of satirical social observation such as the burgeoning beauty-salon industry here. Cinema technique shows much more intricate editing and freer use of close-ups than just a year or two earlier.

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