Oh, Uncle! (1909)

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Running 292 feet (or approximately 4 minutes), D. W. Griffith's Oh Uncle features Billy Quirk, who later enjoyed a brief career as a starring comedian. A newly married husband receives a telegram from his rich uncle, informing the husband that he'll be cut off without a dime if he ever has the temerity to take a wife. With Uncle preparing to pay a visit, the hero must figure out a way to persuade his wife to pretend that she isn't his wife. The heroine agrees to pose as her own husband's maid, leading to the usual comic consequences when Uncle begins flirting with the girl. Unable to stand any more, the husband confesses the truth, whereupon jovial old Unk reveals that he knew all along about the marriage and was merely playing a joke on the couple.

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confession [criminal], impersonation, inheritance, maid, newlywed, prank, stipulation, telegram