The Minister's Wooing (1898)
The dominie is making the most of his opportunity with the young lady of his choice, when his wooing is interrupted by a small boy who dangles a spider in front of his nose. As the minister jumps up suddenly the bench upsets; and the girl, thinking this is done intentionally goes away in anger, much to the minister's chagrin.
Source: Biograph Catalog
The film begins with a set of the front of a house, outside of which is a conventional park bench. A man dressed as a parson walks up to the bench and picks up a magazine that apparently interests him. He holds it up; a scantily-clad woman can be seen on the cover. The door in the set opens and a young woman comes out; her gestures show she is delighted to see the parson and she sits down beside him. A teen-age boy appears with a large insect dangling from a fishing pole; he drops this in front of the young woman who appears frightened and jumps up from the bench causing it to overturn spilling the parson to the ground and thus ending the film.
Source: The U.S. Library of Congress catalog
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