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Unidentified comedy: Two Bachelors Get Engaged


[Unidentified comedy: Two Bachelors Get Engaged] (US ca. 1910)
Director: Unidentified
Cast: Unidentified
Production company: Unidentified

Production date: ca. 1910
Sound: silent
Color: b/w
Length (in feet): 800 ft.
Length (in reels): 1
Running time: 11 min., 51 sec.
Frame rate: 18 fps

Restored by the George Eastman Museum and the Film Foundation, with funding for digitization provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation
Preserved at Cinema Arts Laboratory
Digitized by Eastman Museum Film Preservation Services
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So far, we have not identified any title that corresponds to this comedy, which we believe was made between 1910 and 1913 in New York City. Clues to these dates and its American origin are suggested by the cut of the clothing, the streetlights, the automobiles, and the college banners decorating the men’s shared accommodation. Yet, the film’s original title remains elusive. 

Plot synopsis: Two bachelors (one named Harry) meet two bachelorettes (one named Kitty), but inadvertently mix up times and meeting places and end up with each other’s date. This causes acrimony, jealousy, and vows never to engage with the opposite sex again. This is the last reel of a comedy (most likely, a two-reeler). Further research to identify the actors is needed, and hopefully that will lead to confirmation of the film’s title. Bachelors appear to have been very popular during the early silent era as many titles contain that word. But this particular film does not align with any of the listings we have found.