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Those Awful Hats (dir. D.W. Griffith, 1909)

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Flicker Alley
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The shortest film ever directed by D.W. Griffith, this was a novelty item intended to replace or augment the slide that usually admonished women to doff the enormous headgear fashionable at the time. These hats are almost parodies but the Biograph Company must hav liked them, as they appear in several other films produced by the studio that year. Mack Sennett plays the spectator in the loud jacket' Flora Finch, a prominent early comedienne, accompanies him. The film within a film is achieved by matte printing from a second negative; Griffith is in the cast (in the heavy fur-collared coat).