Best Comedy Movies of 1909


Those Awful Hats

6.2/10 IMDB

A pair of young ladies cause trouble at the cinema with their lavish hats.

Starring: Mack Sennett, Flora Finch, Florence Lawrence, Robert Harron, Anita Hendrie, Charles Inslee, Arthur V. Johnson, Gertrude Robinson, Dorothy West, Linda Arvidson ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-01-25
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : Ben's Kid

Ben's Kid

8.2/10 IMDB

Buck Minor was the most detested man in Wolf Hollow, partly because he was quarrelsome and treacherous, partly because he abused and neglected his little wife, Molly, whom all the camp adored, and for whose sake it tolerated Buck.

Starring: Tom Santschi, Harry Todd, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ..
Directed by: Francis Boggs
Release date: 1909-07-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy

Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy

6.5/10 IMDB

A smoker falls asleep, and two mischievious fairies play with his pipe. He discovers this, and imprisons them in a cigar box. He removes a flower from the box, which contains a fairy smoking a cigarette. Next, he leaves briefly while his smoking paraphenalia clears itself from the table and the flower reassembles itself into a cigar. He lights the cigar, then breaks a bottle containing the fairy, who interacts with him in various ways reeling from his cigar smoke, building a bonfire that he extinguishes, etc.

Starring: Paul Panzer, Gladys Hulette ..
Directed by: J. Stuart Blackton
Release date: 1909-08-10
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

5.6/10 IMDB

The worlds first screen adaptation of a Shakespeare play.

Starring: Maurice Costello, Dolores Costello, Helene Costello, Walter Ackerman, Charles Chapman, Julia Swayne Gordon, Gladys Hulette, William Humphrey, Elita Proctor Otis, William V. Ranous ..
Directed by: Charles Kent, J. Stuart Blackton
Release date: 1909-12-25
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : The Curtain Pole

The Curtain Pole

5.6/10 IMDB

An upper class drawing room. A gentleman breaks the curtain pole and goes in search of a replacement, but he stops into a pub first. He buys a very long pole, and causes havoc everywhere he passes, accumulating an ever-growing entourage chasing him, until he escapes them through a bit of movie magic, only to discover that the pole has already been replaced.

Starring: Mack Sennett, Harry Solter, Florence Lawrence, Linda Arvidson, Clara T. Bracy, George Gebhardt, Arthur V. Johnson, Jeanie Macpherson ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith, Mack Sennett
Release date: 1909-02-15
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : The Joneses Have Amateur Theatricals

The Joneses Have Amateur Theatricals

5.5/10 IMDB

This is a very short and rare attempt at comedy by D. W. Griffith.

Starring: John R. Cumpson, Florence Lawrence, Linda Arvidson, Clara T. Bracy, George Gebhardt, Anita Hendrie, Marion Leonard, David Miles, Owen Moore, Herbert Prior ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-02-18
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : Her First Biscuits

Her First Biscuits

5.4/10 IMDB

A new bride has made a batch of biscuits. Her husband pretends to like them, so she delivers the rest to his office. But one bite of these biscuits makes you violently ill, and soon all his visitors (he runs a theatrical booking agency), plus the workmen at home, are ill; when she shows up at the office, they all go after her.

Starring: John R. Cumpson, Florence Lawrence, Linda Arvidson, Mary Pickford, Mack Sennett, Marion Leonard ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-06-17

The Little Darling

4.6/10 IMDB

This might be termed a comedy of errors, for the overzealousness of a lot of good-hearted simple folks places them in a rather embarrassing position. Lillie Green, who keeps a boarding house, receives a letter from her old school chum, Polly Brown, whom sin hasn't seen in years, to the effect that as Lillie has never seen her little darling daughter, she will send her for a few days' visit, asking that someone meet the child at the 3:40 train. Lillie's boarders are a bunch of kind-hearted bachelors, who at once prepare to give the "Little Darling" the time of her life, buying a load of toys, etc., for her amusement, also procuring a baby carriage with which to meet her at the train. You may imagine their embarrassment when they find that Tootsie, instead of being a baby, proves to be a handsome young lady of seventeen, whose tastes run rather to garden gates, shady lanes and quiet nooks, than toys. (Moving Picture World)

Starring: Mary Pickford, Robert Harron, Mack Sennett, Billy Quirk, John R. Cumpson, Arthur V. Johnson, Owen Moore, James Kirkwood, Henry B. Walthall, Charles Avery ..
Directed by: D. W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-09-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : The Gibson Goddess

The Gibson Goddess

5.0/10 IMDB

A pack of admirers won't leave a beautiful woman alone at a seaside resort, so she devises a plan. She appears in a leg-revealing swimsuit, but the stockings have been stuffed with cotton to make her limbs appear misshapen. All but one of the men is driven off, and regret it when she removes the misleading leggings.

Starring: Marion Leonard, Mary Pickford, Mack Sennett, Arthur V. Johnson, James Kirkwood, George Nichols, Kate Bruce, Billy Quirk ..
Directed by: D. W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-11-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : Getting Even

Getting Even

4.7/10 IMDB

All the young men in the mining camp flirt with Lucy. Bud, the youngest of them, doesn't stand a chance. At a dance, Bud dresses as a woman and all the men flirt with him and abandon Lucy. When his disguise is revealed, the other men are too embarrassed to approach Lucy, and Bud dances the rest of the night with her.

Starring: Billy Quirk, Mary Pickford, James Kirkwood, Edwin August, Florence Barker, Kate Bruce, Verner Clarges, Arthur V. Johnson, Florence La Badie, George Nichols ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-09-12
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : The Lure of the Gown

The Lure of the Gown

4.4/10 IMDB

"Fine feathers make fine birds", and handsome gowns make handsome women. Hence it is when Isabelle appears on the scene clad in a gown that is a masterpiece of the dressmaker's art she easily fascinates the male contingent, among whom is Enrico, the sweetheart of Veronica, a street singer. Enrico is so enraptured at the sight of Isabelle in her resplendent attire that he becomes her abject slave, casting aside the poor, peasant-clad little Italian street singer, who has loved him devotedly. Crushed almost beyond endurance the poor girl stands sobbing at the entrance of the park where the inconsistent lever left her. Her tears attract the attention of a wealthy young couple who happen to pass. In answer to their queries she tells them how contemptibly her sweetheart acted, and all because of the fascinating influence of a gown.

Starring: Marion Leonard, Harry Solter, Florence Lawrence, Linda Arvidson, Edwin August, Adele DeGarde, Anita Hendrie, Charles Inslee, Arthur V. Johnson, David Miles ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-03-15
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : Oh, Uncle!

Oh, Uncle!

4.8/10 IMDB

Harry's rich old bachelor uncle thinks Harry is still single. When Uncle announces a visit, Harry's wife has to play the part of the housekeeper so Uncle doesn't discover the truth.

Starring: James Kirkwood, Billy Quirk, Mary Pickford ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-08-26
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : The Politician's Love Story

The Politician's Love Story

4.8/10 IMDB

A haughty politician, on seeing a satirical cartoon in a newspaper, rushes to the paper's offices to shoot the cartoonist. On discovering the cartoonist is a pretty woman, he falls instantly in love and wastes no time in trying to woo her.

Starring: Mack Sennett, Marion Leonard, Herbert Prior, Linda Arvidson, George Gebhardt, D.W. Griffith, Anita Hendrie, Florence Lawrence ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-02-21
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : Mr. Flip

Mr. Flip

4.7/10 IMDB

Mr. Flip flirts with every woman he sees, and ends up with a pie, shaving cream, and seltzer in his face.

Starring: Ben Turpin ..
Directed by: Gilbert M. Anderson
Release date: 1909-05-12
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : The Tribulations of a Pork Butcher

The Tribulations of a Pork Butcher

5.0/10 IMDB

Two hooligans attach lengths of sausage to a running motorcar, setting off a city-wide chase.

Release date: 1909-07-30

The Neighbors' Kids

5.7/10 IMDB

A neighbor visits her friend, taking with her her child, a little girl about the same age as the friend's little girl. Both children being full of mischief, they immediately put into execution a number of startling and ingenious pranks. While the laundry maid is entertaining her policeman lover, the children pin the policeman's coat tail to a sheet which is being ironed by the laundry maid. They next get a trap containing some mice and let them loose in the parlor where their parents are entertaining guests at a card party. They put the cat in the piano, make finger marks with flour on the hack of father's coat, causing his wife to think he has been embraced by the cook; they find grandfather asleep, his slippers lying on the floor, and nail the slippers down, and grandpa upon awakening receives a severe fall.

Starring: Ben Turpin ..
Directed by: Gilbert M. Anderson
Release date: 1909-01-06
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : They Would Elope

They Would Elope

6.3/10 IMDB

Two lovers elope and expect to be pursued by her father. But the clever father has tricked them into running off, and celebrates their wedding when they return home.

Starring: Billy Quirk, Mary Pickford, James Kirkwood, Kate Bruce, William J. Butler, John R. Cumpson, Gladys Egan, Robert Harron, Arthur V. Johnson, Owen Moore ..
Directed by: D. W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-08-09

The Haunted Lounge

5.8/10 IMDB

A tramp in his haste to escape from the clutches of the law, rushes into a second-hand store and hides in a folding lounge. The lounge changes hands several times with each owner believing it is haunted. Finally it arrives in the home of a policeman. The policeman attempts to sleep, but the lounge starts to move, the policeman clinging to it. After riding about the room, the lounge starts for the door, goes down the stairs to the hallway out the back door into the yard. The policeman decides to burn the lounge, and after it is burned to ashes, behold the tramp standing in the center of the ash heap unharmed. The police arrest him for disturbing the peace.

Starring: Ben Turpin ..
Directed by: Gilbert M. Anderson
Release date: 1909-01-06
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : Mr. Jones’ Burglar

Mr. Jones’ Burglar

5.1/10 IMDB

Mr. Jones stays out late playing poker with his buddies. While he's gone, a burglar starts to break into his home. Mr. Jones arrives home just in time to catch him. Instead of calling for the police, he restages the capture in an overdramatic fashion and makes sure his wife sees it. She is so grateful she forgets to be mad at him for staying out so late.

Starring: John R. Cumpson, Florence Lawrence, Mack Sennett ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-08-09

Ma fille n'épousera qu'un médium

4.7/10 IMDB

Jenny's father, a crank and a spiritualist, wishing to obtain a medium to aid him in his researches, inserts an advertisement in the paper to the effect that he desires to marry his daughter to a medium. Jenny thereupon runs away with her lover, Reggie, and the two concoct a little plan by which they can get married. Disguised as a Turk, Reggie calls and states he is willing to marry the spiritualist's daughter. Jenny's father is distracted at the loss of his daughter, so he begs the supposed medium to trace his daughter by occult means. Needless to say this is not a difficult matter to Reggie, who after leading the spiritualist a wild-goose chase over the country, brings him back to his own home (to which Jenny has returned in the meantime) and shows him his daughter hidden away in a cupboard. Tableau of delighted father, unmasking and blessings on the young couple.

Release date: 1909-09-28

The Fascinating Mrs. Francis

5.6/10 IMDB

Mack Sennett appears as a party guest in this film produced by the Biograph Company.

Starring: Marion Leonard, Barry O'Moore, Anita Hendrie, Harry Solter, Gertrude Robinson, Linda Arvidson, John R. Cumpson, George Gebhardt, Guy Hedlund, Charles Inslee ..
Directed by: D. W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-01-21

Cretinetti the Wrestler

5.5/10 IMDB

André Deed is tired of being beat up, so a strong man has no trouble selling him one of the springs with handles at either end. When I was a kid, exercise mavens like Jack Lalanne would sell them, only made out of rubber. Anyway, Deed alternates exercising with this device and getting beat up on by almost everyone for the length of this one-reel comedy.

Starring: André Deed ..
Release date: 1909-06-26

The Awakening

5.2/10 IMDB

A confirmed bachelor learns that he will inherit his late uncle's fortune only if he marries, which he does reluctantly. Shortly afterward he returns to his bachelor lifestyle but realizes he can't get his wife's face out of his thoughts.

Starring: Arthur V. Johnson, Clara T. Bracy, Mary Pickford, Anthony O'Sullivan, Kate Bruce, Florence Lawrence, Owen Moore, George Nichols, Mack Sennett ..
Directed by: D. W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-09-29
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : The Day After

The Day After

5.2/10 IMDB

Mr. and Mrs. Hilton throw a New Year's Eve party. They agree not to drink the punch themselves, but as guests begin to arrive their resolve weakens, and soon they are both cavorting drunkenly. Next morning Mr. Hilton, feeling very sick, is conscience-stricken over his drunkenness and his behavior with another woman. He fears to face his wife until he discovers that she feels just as guilty herself.

Starring: Arthur V. Johnson, Blanche Sweet, Marion Leonard, George Nichols, James Kirkwood, Jeanie Macpherson, Mack Sennett, Henry B. Walthall, W. Chrystie Miller, Linda Arvidson ..
Directed by: D. W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-12-30

The Village Fire Brigade

5.0/10 IMDB

A village fire brigade puts out a fire.

Directed by: James Williamson
Release date: 1909-01-31

Eradicating Aunty

4.6/10 IMDB

A young couple must endure a tedious visit from their aunt until their friend offers to find a way to make her leave.

Starring: Florence Auer, Florence Lawrence, Owen Moore, Arthur V. Johnson, Herbert Prior ..
Directed by: D. W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-05-31
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : Il Natale di Cretinetti

Il Natale di Cretinetti

5.3/10 IMDB

Comedy from a series about the character Cretinetti (Gibrouille). He is organizing a Christmas party but it ends up being a total mess. He buys a Christmas tree, but the tree is so big that he can hardly transport it to the party. As he runs around the city with the tree he creates one disaster after another.

Starring: André Deed, Valentina Frascaroli ..
Release date: 1909-12-26

Salome Mad

4.1/10 IMDB

A man is obsessed by the 'Salome' dance.

Directed by: Theo Frenkel
Release date: 1909-07-01

His Wife's Mother

4.5/10 IMDB

Jones's mother-in-law prohibits his smoking and drinking, so he takes her out for the evening and gets her drunk.

Starring: John R. Cumpson, Florence Lawrence, Dorothy West, Anita Hendrie, Linda Arvidson ..
Directed by: D. W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-03-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : Pranks


3.6/10 IMDB

Tom and Ethel separately decide to go bathing in a river. Pranksters switch their clothes and they each have to dress up as the opposite sex.

Starring: Arthur V. Johnson, Marion Leonard, Robert Harron, Jack Pickford, Anthony O'Sullivan, Billy Quirk, Henry B. Walthall ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-08-30

The Suicide Club

0.0/10 IMDB

One of the members of a suicide club learns he has inherited some money, but only after he drew the fatal lot and is expected to kill himself. Presumed to be a lost film.

Starring: Barry O'Moore, Violet Mersereau, Charles Avery, Charles Craig, John R. Cumpson, Edward Dillon, Arthur V. Johnson, David Miles, Owen Moore, Anthony O'Sullivan ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-05-03
Best Comedy Movies of 1909 : Mrs. Jones' Birthday

Mrs. Jones' Birthday

0.0/10 IMDB

If all husbands have had similar experiences, it is too bad to harrow them up with the telling of this story. If they have not, perhaps it will be a warning to them to watch very carefully the birthdays and see that some appropriate gift is at home in time for the event. Not wait, as poor Jones did, until the fateful day arrives, and then have a series of unfortunate accidents overtake one and prevent him presenting the present he intended.

Starring: Nick Cogley, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ..
Release date: 1909-08-30

Making It Pleasant for Him

0.0/10 IMDB

A comedy drama which clearly portrays the adventures of a country chap who falls into the hands of the servants of his city cousin, who has instructed them to make it pleasant for him.

Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ..
Release date: 1909-11-29

Jealousy and the Man

5.4/10 IMDB

House painter Jim Brooks thinks his wife is cheating on him with his best friend John West. The intrigue is in fact a birthday surprise.

Starring: James Kirkwood, Florence Lawrence, Gladys Egan, Anthony O'Sullivan ..
Directed by: D. W. Griffith
Release date: 1909-07-09

Une opération mouvementée

4.8/10 IMDB

A man in the park gets into a fight with a nurse. One leg is broken, and he goes to a surgery, where it is sawed off. At this point the movie develops into a chase comedy.

Release date: 1909-11-16

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