Mrs. Black Is Back (1914)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |  
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It can be said that matronly stage comedienne May Irwin was the first female film star, by virtue of her appearance in the "scandalous" Edison subject of 1896, The Kiss. Thereafter, however, Irwin largely confined her activities to the stage, where she enjoyed an enormous fan following, making only occasional forays into films with such vehicles as Mrs. Black is Back. Based on a play by George V. Hobart, the story concerns a peppery middle-aged widow who claims to be only 29 years old. Despite the fact that she is obviously well along in years, Mrs. Black (Irwin) is able to convince a marriageable professor (Charles Lane) that she is indeed as young as she claims. But what is the prof to make of the fact that Mrs. Black has a grown son named Jack (Elmer Booth), who is himself well past the age of consent? Featured in the cast as Mrs. Mason was (Clara Blandick), best known for her work as Auntie Em in 1939's The Wizard of Oz.

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deception, professor, son, widow/widower, aging