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Film, Video Oh, Uncle!

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  • Oh, Uncle!


  • Uncle Zeke, a wealthy old batchelor, is trying to decide which of his nephews will be his heir. His visit to nephew Tom and Tom's wife does not go well, so he decides to visit Harry, whom he believes to be unmarried. Disgusted with Tom's wife, he has wired to say that if Harry ever marries, he will be out of the will. Bessie, Harry's bride, decides to pretend she is the maid while Uncle Zeke is visiting. However, Uncle Zeke takes a fancy to the "maid", and his persistant flirtation causes Harry some distress. In the end, the couple reveals that they are married. Uncle Zeke, who appears to have known all along, is a good sport. He approves of the marriage and settles on Harry to be his heir.


  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction
  • Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera
  • Kirkwood, James, 1875-1963, cast
  • Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979, cast
  • Quirk, Billy, 1873-1926, cast
  • Biograph Company
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Biograph Co., 1909.


  • -  Uncles--Humor
  • -  Nephews--Humor
  • -  Inheritance--Humor
  • -  Deception--Humor
  • -  Husbands--Humor
  • -  Wives--Humor


  • Comedy films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  J130911 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 27Aug1909; J130911.
  • -  James Kirkwood, William A. Quirk, Mary Pickford.
  • -  Camera, G.W. Bitzer.
  • -  Video file: scenes are out of order and interior titles are lacking.
  • -  Originally released as a split reel along with the drama, The Seventh day,
  • -  Photographed July 21-22, 1909 in the Biograph studio in New York City.
  • -  Parts of summary from The Griffith project, v. 3.
  • -  Biograph production no. 3609.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 000F; Box F; Unidentifed box F) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 226; The Griffith project, v. 3. p. 21-22, program sequence no. 177; Biograph production logs; Biograph bulletins, 1908-1912, p. 119; Christel Schmidt's The Search for a Film Legacy: Mary Pickford (1909-1933) WWW site, viewed September 25, 2015.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • 1 video file (digital, MPEG-4) (ca. 3 min.) : si., b&w.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (100 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (100 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 300 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5612 (viewing print)
  • FRA 2815 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 1190D (paper pos)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2015600215

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  • Restricted: video files available on-site only. Access by appointment.

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  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Camera, James Kirkwood, Mary Pickford, Billy Quirk, Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Oh, Uncle!. directeds by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video.

APA citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Kirkwood, J., Pickford, M., Quirk, B., Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1909) Oh, Uncle!. Griffith, D. W., dir United States: Biograph Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Bitzer, G. W., Camera, et al. Oh, Uncle!. dir by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.