Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers - Tramp Strategy

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

A young woman defies her father's prohibition against marrying her beau. With the help of her maid, they devise a strategy to outwit the patriarch, plotting to have the young man disguise himself as a "tramp" in order to save the daughter and thus win the father's approval. The plot goes awry when actual tramps overhear the plot and take over the fiancé's role, unbeknownst to the women. A comedy about class propriety, dating customs and blustery patriarchs, all structured around audience knowledge. Like Lois Weber's SUSPENSE, it is also an interesting play on the "last-minute rescue" scenario popularized by D.W. Griffith.

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