A Domestic Affairs Comedy

Black Eyes
R: Will Louis. B: Lee Arthur. D: Raymond McKee, Jean Dumar, Guido Colucci, Yale Benner, Julian Reed, T. Tamamoto. P: Edison Company. USA 1915
Print: Museum of Modern Art

“As the feature film was becoming dominant over the course of 1915, Edison (like other American producers) had clearly mastered the one reel format as Black Eyes demonstrates. This is an enjoyable domestic comedy about marital discord and reconciliation. Nothing is allowed to get too serious, and all ends happily. The story is structured around parallels and coincidence, as Mr. and Mrs. Willard each seek their own entertainments on the sly but fail miserably in their deceptions. The actors are adept and keep the situations light and charming.”

Will Louis (1873 – 1959) was a director and writer, known for One too many (1916), Santa Claus vs. Cupid (1915) and Black Eyes (1915). He was a prolific comedy actor/director/writer of the 1910s, who first acted for Lubin, then Edison, then returned to Lubin, where he was one of the leading contributors to the comedies produced by the Jacksonville, Florida unit.