When Do We Eat? (1918 film)

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When Do We Eat?
Directed by Fred Niblo
Produced by Thomas H. Ince
Written by C. Gardner Sullivan
Starring Enid Bennett
Albert Ray
Cinematography Robert Newhard
Edited by W. Duncan Mansfield
Distributed by Famous Players-Lasky
Release date
  • October 7, 1918 (1918-10-07)
Running time
50 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent

When Do We Eat? is a 1918 American silent comedy film directed by Fred Niblo.[1]


Nora, An actress (Enid Bennett) is performing in an adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin in a Texas town. A sheriff enters with an attachment against the show. Nora, dressed as Little Eva, escapes from the venue and gets onto a train. A tramp makes advances towards her, causing her to jump from the train. She lands in a field and is arrested for looking suspicious.

She is saved from jail by Ma Forbes (Gertrude Claire), who is after someone to help her with some residents at her boarding house. The boarders "Soup" McCool (Jack Nelson) and "Pug" Hennessy (Robert McKim) are actually criminals. They con Ma's son, James (Albert Ray) out of $300. They then plan a bank robbery with the help of Nora. They think she is a safecracker, who they've been expecting. Nora plays along, and opens the safe, as she was given the combination from James. Once the safe has been cracked, Nora raises the alarm and the crooks are caught. Afterwards, James proposes to Nora.


Critical reception[edit]

Variety gave the film a positive review, commenting approvingly on the direction and photography. The review praised the cast, down to the extras, and singled out Enid Bennett for her "very good work as the little barnstormer". Variety called the film, "a pleasing and original picture," and concluded, "Such pictures are not seen often enough."[2]


  1. ^ Garza, Janiss. "When Do We Eat?". Allmovie. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  2. ^ When Do We Eat? (film review). Variety, October 25, 1918.
  • Hanson, Patricia (editor). "When Do We Eat?" American Film Institute Catalog: Feature Film, 1911-1920. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1988. p. 1017. ISBN 0-520-06301-5.

Contemporary reviews[edit]

  • "Enid Bennett in Hungry Role: Actress in 'When Do We Eat?' at Princess Theater". The Hartford Courant, October 11, 1918.
  • When Do We Eat? (film review). Exhibitor's Trade Review, November 2, 1918, p. 1815.
  • When Do We Eat? (film review). The Motion Picture News, November 9, 1918, p. 2892.
  • When Do We Eat? (film review). The Moving Picture World, November 2, 1918, p. 621-622.
  • When Do We Eat? (film review). The Moving Picture World, November 9, 1918, p. 694.
  • When Do We Eat? (film review). Variety, October 25, 1918, p. 35.
  • "'When Do We Eat?' Stars Enid Bennett". Atlanta Constitution, October 26, 1918.

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