Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Writer-director Lois Weber based her screenplay for It's No Laughing Matter on a story by Jack London. Macklyn Arbuckle, a popular stage and vaudeville star of the period, plays a ruddy-cheeked rural postman who dabbles in poetry-writing on the side. He utilizes his hobby to spread a bit of sunshine throughout the village, at one point reuniting a long-estranged family. Alas, Arbuckle's boss looks askance at his poetry and fires him, but our hero is vindicated when one of his bits of doggerel is published and begins paying off in huge royalty checks. This 4-reel comedy/drama was produced by Hobart Bosworth, who during this period brought several other Jack London works to the screen.
poetry, postal-worker, postman, writing, estrangement, reconciliation