System Is Everything (1916)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Domestic Comedy  |  
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Sydney Drew and his wife, Gladys Rankin Drew, starred in a lengthy series of domestic comedies during the mid-1910s. In this one, they are Mr. and Mrs. Hornby, a couple who can't seem to hang onto their help. Mr. Hornby has fired the most recent cook the night before his birthday party, and he decides that the real problem is that there's no system at home. In the belief that his home should run the way his office does, he draws up a tight schedule for the week and sets out to find a maid who can fill it. The woman he hires, however, takes him a little too literally. With an alarm clock tied around her waist, she makes sure dinner is on the table "no later than 7." Unfortunately, the Hornbys are a few minutes late for their meal and Mr. Hornby finds that she has already swept the food off the table. The same thing happens at breakfast the next morning. The couple find themselves at the mercy of the maid and Mr. Hornby's "system." But there's a method to the women's madness -- husband and wife both wind up giving her a ten dollar raise to loosen up on Mr. Hornby's system. Drew was the uncle of John, Lionel, and Ethel Barrymore.