Fun With the Bridal Party
|Fun With the Bridal Party|
|Directed by||Georges Méliès|
|513 feet (approx. 8 minutes)|
Two pranksters, finding out that a couple is about to apply for a marriage license at the town mayor's office, sneak into the office to pull a practical joke. First they rig up the furniture with string; then they hide in the room, inside some big boxes they put in place of the mayor's desk. When the bridal party arrives for the license, the pranksters go to work, making the chairs and "desk" move of their own accord, foiling the bride's and groom's attempts to sit and the mayor's attempts to write. Finally, the pranksters appear, disguised under white sheets as ghosts. The bridal party rushes in surprise out of the office as the joke comes to a successful close.
Fun with the Bridal Party was an early example of a silent comedy in which a wedding event was spectacularly disrupted; comedies with similar themes flourished in the 1910s and 1920s, such as A Quiet Little Wedding (1913), On Her Wedding Day (1913), A Muddy Romance (1913), Hushing the Scandal (1915), The Fatal Note (1915), Roaring Lions and Wedding Bells (1917), Shot in the Getaway (1920), and Cutie (1928).
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- "Stories of the Films", Moving Picture World, 3 (13): 242, 26 December 1908.
- Balducci, Anthony (2012), The Funny Parts: A History of Film Comedy Routines and Gags, Jefferson, NC: McFarland, pp. 45–46
- Malthête, Jacques; Mannoni, Laurent (2008), L'oeuvre de Georges Méliès, Paris: Éditions de La Martinière, p. 354, ISBN 9782732437323
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