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The Matrimaniac
Director: Paul Powell (Dir)
Release Date:   16 Dec 1916
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 3 Dec 1916
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Douglas Fairbanks (Jimmie Conroy)  
    Constance Talmadge (Marna Lewis)  
    Wilbur Higby (Col. T. H. Lewis)  
    Clyde Hopkins (Wally Henderson)  
    Fred Warren (Reverend Thomas Timothy Tubbs)  
    Winifred Westover (The maid)  
    Monte Blue (Asst hotel manager)  

Summary: When Marna Lewis elopes with Jimmie Conroy, Wally Henderson, whom Marna's father wants her to marry, follows the couple onto their train and wires Marna's father to begin legal action to prevent the secret wedding. Jimmie is separated from the train when he tries to bring a minister, Reverend Tubbs, to perform the marriage, and he and Tubbs make their way to the town of Jazboro to meet Marna. There, however, Marna has been sequestered in a hotel by her father and the police, Tubbs is jailed on vagrancy charges, and Jimmie is chased all over town by the local authorities, winding up stuck atop a telephone pole. Although old-fashioned small town justice has separated the bride, the groom, and the reverend, modern technology brings them together, as Tubbs performs the ceremony and has Marna and Jimmy take their vows over the phone. 

Production Company: Fine Arts Film Co.  
Distribution Company: Triangle Film Corp.  
Director: Paul Powell (Dir)
Writer: Octavus Roy Cohen (Story)
  J. U. Giesy (Story)
Country: United States
Language: English

Physical Properties: b&w:
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Genre: Comedy
 
Subjects (Major): Clergy
  Elopement
  Hotels
  Telephone
  Weddings
 
Subjects (Minor): Imprisonment
  Police
  Telegraph
  Trains

Note: According to Anita Loos's autobiography, she and John Emerson collaborated on the scenario. The MPN reviewer supposed that the subtitles were written by Loos. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   16 Dec 16   p. 136.
Motog   16 Dec 16   p. 1348.
MPN   16 Dec 16   p. 3752, 3753, 3860.
MPW   25 Apr 18   p. 1095.
MPW   23 Dec 16   p. 1866.
NYDM   9 Dec 16   p. 26.
New York Times   4 Dec 16   p. 11.
Variety   8 Dec 16   p. 28.
Wid's   14 Dec 16   p. 1166.

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