Bridget’s Blunder

Released October 16, 1916, Bridget’s Blunder is a one-reel Black Diamond Comedy filmed and produced by the United States Motion Picture Corporation (USMPC) in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The film was distributed by the Paramount Pictures.

Advertisements for the film that appeared in the October 7 and October 14, 1916 issues of The Moving Picture World show the characters driving a car up the steps of the Luzerne County Courthouse.

As of the writing of this article (October 20, 2012) no prints of this film are known to survive. If you have any information about the film, please contact us.

The USMPC received a copyright for this film (#9314) on October 14, 1916. In the copyright information, the USMPC included the  following synopsis, which is here digitized by King’s College student Ashley Mayberry:

Synopsis of
“Bridget’s Blunder”
A one reel comedy by
United States Motion Picture Corporation

Bridget, a cook, is in love with Clarence, the cop, whose affections are centered elsewhere although he occasionally makes love to Bridget for the sake of the pies and doughnuts which are always forthcoming at such times.

One day as he is leaving the back door after a pie-feast, he accidentally drops a note out of his helmet which Bridget finds after he is gone and proceeds to read. The note pertains to an appointment for that afternoon and is signed, “your own sweetheart. Ellen”. Bridget realizes that she is being “worked for a good thing” and resolves to go to the meeting place and spy upon her supposed lover. She conceals herself behind a signboard and watches as Clarence and Ellen meet in front of it.

Ellen begs Clarence to take her to the carnival that night and although he is supposed to be on duty, he plans to dress in civilian’s clothes, disguise himself with a moustache and meet her at the carnival at eight o’clock. Bridget hears all this and, being armed only with a frying-pan, she goes home to prepare a fitting revenge for that evening. 

The cop hides a suit of clothes and a big moustache under a bridge so that he can get them later. Moon Faced Mike, a crook finds the clothes, puts them on and throws his own ragged ones into the river. The crook wears a big black moustache and, attired in the Cop’s clothes, he looks exactly as the Cop intended to look.

The sergeant of Clarence’s precinct steps under the bridge to light his pipe and stumbling on his way out he drops his revolver unnoticed to the ground.

Shortly before eight, Bridget, armed with a huge revolver, starts for the Carnival grounds. Ellen is already there awaiting her lover and Clarence goes to the bridge. He finds his clothes gone and in looking for them he discovers the sergeant’s revolver. He recognizes it and decides that the sergeant must have over heard his plan. So in fear of losing his job, he hurries back to his beat.

Ellen is waiting in the Carnival grounds as the Crook drifts in, in search of pockets to pick. Ellen sees him, and mistaking him for the Cop in his disguise rushes up and throws her arms around his neck. The Crook is surprised but wholly pleases until Bridget rushes up and opens fire with her “Gatling”. Not knowing what else to do, the Crook runs with Bridget close behind.

A wild chase through the Carnival grounds ensues with some hair-raising stunts on a merry-go-round and a Ferris wheel, after which the Crook leaves the grounds and seeks safety elsewhere, with Bridget, blazing away, just one jump behind.

They run through a Chinese laundry leaving it in ruins and then through a saloon which they wreck completely. They climb a high chimney, leap from the top of that, several hundred feet to the top of a wireless station tower and run out on the “wireless” wires. The operator starts to send a message and Bridget and the Crook are shocked off the wires and fall to the roof of an office building.

They chase around the roofs and jump to the group where Bridget pre-empts an automobile and gives chase in that. The poor Crook dives into the side window of a brick house. Bridget drives the car right through the brick wall and chases him throughout the house, smashing the furniture on the way and throwing inmates into hysterics, and tearing through the brick wall at the other end of the house, she chases the Crook on down the street.

The police station looms up ahead and the poor Crook takes refuge there, running up a long flight of steps and into the judge’s room. Bridget, in the auto, follows right up the stairs and, bursting into the run, confronts her supposed lover. He appeals to the police to save him. They recognize him as Moon Faced Mike, wanted for burglary and look him up. Clarence enters in uniform and Bridget seeing her mistake, throws her arms about his neck. “All’s well that…. “etc.

The foregoing story “Bridget’s Blunder” was written and worked out by the following persons all citizens of United States of America, and all in the employ of the United States Picture Corporation. Rex A. Taylor, James O. Walsh, Joseph A, Richmond, William Fables, James M. Harris, and Horace G. Flimpton.

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