SUMMARY The Captain gets a life insurance policy and gives it to his wife. In gratitude she makes him a pie. The Katzenjammer Kids play a trick on the Captain and sneak toads into his pie so that he would think his wife is trying to poison him. Rudolph Dirkss comic about the immigrant German Katzenjammer family (first published 1897) had been made into live-action films in 1912. This animated version is labeled "Original" because its producer, W.R. Hearsts International Film Service, had won a suit against Dirks (a former Hearst newspaper cartoonist), forcing him to rename his strip after the mischievous Katzenjammer children, "Hans und Fritz." Future Hollywood director Gregory La Cava (My Man Godfrey, Stage Door) supervised this film and the earlier Hearst shorts in this presentation. Anti-German sentiment brought The Katzenjammer Kids film series to a halt later in 1918. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : [International Film Service, 1918]. NOTES Based on Rudolph Dirks' comics. Digital file includes a piano score composed and performed by Philip Carli. SUBJECTS Germans--United States--Drama. Immigrants--United States--Drama. Men--United States--Drama. Wives--United States--Drama. Boys--United States--Drama. Tricks--Drama. Life insurance--United States--Policies--Drama. Pies--Drama. Poisoning--Drama. Comedy--Animation--Short. DIGITAL ID animp 4081s1 4081s2 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/animp.4081
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