Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers - Burstup Homes' Murder Case

Directed by Dorothy Davenport Reid, Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, and Grace Cunard
Year: 2018

Mrs. Jellybone is "the Twentieth-Century Woman," a title informs us, replete with masculine tie and domineering attitude. She uses all manner of modern technology to spy on her husband, including listening in on his phone calls, driving him out of the house. But her surveillance is undercut when she misapprehends a murder and, fearing her husband dead, calls in the bumbling detective Burstup Homes. The "burst-up" home is mended in the end, husband and wife reconciled, but not before the film furnishes an interesting rumination on modern communication technologies, marriage and gender norms.

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Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard and Dorothy Davenport Reid