Potential Wives

Trial Marriages
K: G.W. “Billy” Bitzer. P: American Mutoscope & Biograph. USA 1907
R and Stars unknown.

Trial marriage: An arrangement by which a couple live together for a period of time to see if they are compatible for marriage.

“Biograph’s Trial Marriages shows the comic effect of the inspiration a man gets from reading a newspaper article by a woman of advanced ideas recommending trial marriages. He then gives a tryout to a series of potential wives, all of whom have various faults. Repetition of the motif provides a relationship from shot to shot, one that is easily broken. It would not make much difference in which order the various ‘tryout wives’ were shown, or if one were dropped or another added.”
Eileen Bowser: The Transformation of Cinema, 1907-1915. Vol. 2, Part 2. University of California Press 1994, p. 56