• Short Summary

    Comical piece of film about the maid Mary Jane who accidentally blows herself up after pouring paraffin onto the fire.

  • Description

    Note: Location of the events are unknown. Note: This is the famous film called 'Mary Jane's Mishap' with a humorous commentary from Leonard Henry.

    Full titles read: "HEY HO THIRTY YEARS AGO !"

    Intertitle reads: "We are taking you back thirty years to the days when films were films ... and this comicality was right in the Super Class ! (Described by Leonard Henry)."

    M/S of a rather scruffy looking maid walking into the kitchen, stretching and yawning. She realises that the fire is not lit and start to panic, she runs around in a panic laying the fire for the stove, then puts a match to it. Mary Jane then starts to polish her shoes with a brush which she also wipes on her nose leaving a big black mark. She realises her mistake and holds up a mirror and wipes her face with a cloth.

    M/S of Mary Jane grinning inanely into the mirror. She then attempts to light the stove again, but fails. Next we see Mary Jane pouring a bottle which reads 'PARAFFIN' on the side into the stove. She then lights it and with a puff of smoke disappears up the chimney. L/S of the pour maid rocketing through out of the chimney and high into the air. C/U of Mary's gravestone which reads: "Here lies Mary Jane Who Lighted The Fire With Paraffin."

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:56:01:00 / 01:58:06:00
    PT 274

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