Jerry's Big Doings (1917)
- Summaries (1)
Out of work and sorely in need of funds, Jerry sits in a despondent mood on a park bench. He discovers a purse lying on the ground near him and picking it up is delighted to find it filled with money. But unobserved by him, two policemen have watched his action and as he returns to the bench the officers seat themselves beside him, take the purse away, divide the money among themselves, and return the empty pocketbook to Jerry. The perplexing problem of finance now still confronts him so he resolves to try the help want ad column of a newspaper. There he finds an advertisement for a valet and forthwith he hies himself to the address given. Arriving there he is annoyed to find a line of applicants ahead of him. So that he may be the first to interview the prospective employer (who happens to be a count) Jerry starts a free-for-all fight among the applicants. The house detective stops in to quell the noise, ousts the disturbers and when the count announces he is ready to see the applicants, Jerry is the only one left. Of course he gets the job. The Count sends word to friends that he is about to visit them and after ordering Jerry to pack his bag he starts off accompanied by his valet. At the home Jerry becomes smitten with the daughter of the house and tries to flirt with her. She leads him on, passing from one room to another, drawing the curtains after her. Jerry kisses her hand, which she protrudes through the curtains. By way of teaching this persistent young fellow a lesson, the girl then has the butler take her place, so when Jerry hastily pulls aside the curtains he is surprised to find himself in the arms of the butler. Enraged, he strikes at the butler but hits the Count, who has just come upon the scene. Realizing his mistake he rushes away only to rush into the girl's mother. The Count by this time has recovered his senses and through the curtains makes a kick at what he believes is Jerry's form. Instead he strikes the mother. She in turn strikes at Jerry, who ducks just in time to let the Count, who enters through the curtains, have the blow. Attracted by the noise, the father starts toward the scene and is greeted with a flying vase from the hands of the Count which was intended for Jerry, who runs away with the Count after him. The chase leads to the bathroom where Jerry causes the Count to have an involuntary bath, and then out to the street where Jerry climbs a telegraph pole with the Count pursuing. There they dangle until two policemen who see the unusual spectacle from a distance come up and drag them down. The butler, who has innocently helped cause the trouble, laughs as the two disturbers are carried away to a safer zone.
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