Movie 7min

The Jolly Monks Of Malabar (1905)

Not rated.

Facts
Country United States
Language English
Titles
(Alternative) The Monks Of Malabar
Production
Distribution
Categories
Based on Song Black and White Comedy Convent Fish Food Lost Film Monk Punishment Short Silent Film Work
Descriptions

A comic production suggested by the old song ''To-morrow will be Friday.'' A party of goodnatured monks go a'fishing for their Friday's dinner. Ill luck attends them, and they return to the monastery empty-handed - all but Father John. He gets a mess of fish by wheedling them from a country bumkin while telling him funny stories. His duplicity is exposed, however, and he is sentenced to ''the warm hand," a punishment in vogue in certain orders in olden times

Source: Biograph Bulletins


Everyone loves a jolly Friar, and no stage or historical character has earned a greater share of popularity than good Friar Tuck of Robin Hood's band. In this picture we show how a company of goodnatured monks go a'fishing for their Friday's dinner. Ill luck attends them, and they return to the Monastery empty-handed - all but Father John, the fattest and jolliest of them all. He gets a mess of fish by wheedling them from a country bumpkin while telling him funny stories. Father John goes back with the fish to the Monastery, and is the envy of his fellows until his duplicity is exposed. He is confronted by the bumpkin and is sentenced to '' the warm hand,'' a punishment in vogue in certain orders in olden times. The punishment is inflicted much to the amusement of the bumpkin until he suddenly finds himself in the stocks and undergoing the same penalty. The photography of the film is excellent, and the humor contagious.

Source: Biograph Bulletins


The first scene is a head-and-shoulder view of a group of men dressed as monks or friars, singing and laughing at stories in a small book their superior is reading to them. The camera shifts to a room furnished as a dining room. A servant with an apron is drinking wine from a large barrel. The remainder of the film shows the group going fishing. They encounter a fisherman, and one of the order persuades him to donate some fish to them, as they have not been successful. He is later punished when the other monks realize he did not catch the fish himself.

Source: Motion Pictures From The Library of Congress Paper Print Collection

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Cast
Unavailbale.
Crew
F.A. Dobson - Cinematography